Chicago Gay Play Weekend – May 17 to 19!


You may know that both At The Flash and Under A Rainbow Flag were finalists in last year’s Great Gay Play Contest, and showcased
as Enhanced Staged Readings in the Center On Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen
Theater last spring. 

year, we have five exciting new works in development, and we need your
feedback. Come see the presentation of these very exciting and vastly
different scripts recommended by our contest readers from around the
country. Who knows – one of them may be presented as a full production
new year!

Tickets for each performance are $10, and can be purchased through

Artistic Associate Patrick Rybarczyk says “The Gay Play Weekend is
always an exciting and inspiring part of the Pride Films and Plays
season. For us an ensemble, we have the opportunity to discuss and
collaborate on works that could potentially be part of our future
seasons. For our audience, it’s an opportunity to hear the best of new
LGBTQ plays, to share their feedback with us, and to meet many
playwrights from around the world. It is a hopeful reminder that there
are stories are out there that need to be told, shared and instilled in
our community and beyond.”
The readings include movement and staging, and include:
  • A blues-infused work about an esteemed James Baldwin-esque African American and his meeting with a young black writer in The Red Train.
  • Forbidden Glass, a new drama about illicit love and intrigue among gay Iranians.
    Gay Play Weekend
    Forbidden Glass

  • Dancing in the Mirror
    is a fusion of dance and theater, as a Broadway dancer returns to his
    hometown to teach in the dance school in which he was brought up, and to
    confront the memory of the teacher who abused him.
  • Sand Man
    is a drama about a Chicago reporter whose work on bullying and the
    suicide of a gay teen has left him emotionally and physically battered
  • And Directions For Restoring The Apparently Dead, in which past and present collide when a straight man and gay man are reunited after life-shattering experiences. 
The complete schedule for the weekend is:

  • Red Train by B. V. Marshall, directed by Kyra Morris, Friday May 17 at 7:00
  • Dancing in the Mirror by Perry Ojeda, directed by Jay Andrew Espana, Saturday, May 18, 4:00 pm.
  • Directions for Restoring The Apparently Dead by Martin Casella, directed by Chuck Berglund, Saturday, Mary 18 7:00 pm
  • Forbidden Glass by Kirt Shineman, directed by Alexander St. John, Sunday May 19 1:00 PM
  • Sand Man by G William Zorn, directed by Derek Bertelsen, Sunday May 19 4:00 pm.
The plays are performed as ‘enhanced staged readings’, with
blocking, costuming, dance, and design elements. Tickets for each
performance are $10, and can be purchased through