Thursday, May 24, 2012
Chicago's Pride Films and Plays is having a Groovy Gay Summer
Chicago's Pride Films and Plays is planning a summer of groovy gay events, including a production of Richmond Jim, Cal Yeomans' long-lost play, to celebrate Pride Month. As this powerful slice-of-life drama opens, a young man newly arrived in New York finds himself in the arms of Mike, an older man well-versed in the various pleasures of the body, and an erotic metamorphosis begins. Originally produced by San Francisco's Theatre Rhinoceros in 1979, Richmond Jim was selected as the Best Gay Play of the Year - and it has not been produced since 1983. Directed by David Zak, Pride Films and Plays' production will star Kris Hyland, Jamie Smith and Chris Kossen.
Richmond Jim will be featured in the Naked July Fest at National Pastime Theater (941 W. Lawrence), running from June 29 thru August 8. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006.
Glitterati Productions will present Pride Films and Plays' 20th Anniversary Production of David Drake's The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, which became one of the longest-running one-man shows in New York theater history. This semi-autobiographical story of Drake's coming of age as a gay man in Baltimore and later New York City will be performed by PFP Ensemble Member Chad Ryan with new material penned by Drake.
The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me will be performed at Luna Central (3914 N. Clark), running June 20 thru July 1. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.
And, finally, Pride Films and Plays will present And The Winner WASN'T II - The Tony Award Version on Tuesday, June 5, at Sidetrack (3349 N. Halsted). This benefit for the organization will pay tribute to the memorable Tony Award-nominated musicals that did not take home the coveted trophy. Doors open at 7 pm with a performance from 7:30 to 8:30 featuring Chicago's best musical theater talent, including Jon Landvick, Chad Ryan, Kris Hyland, Lee Wichman, Lili-Ann Brown, Bethany Thomas, Meghan Murphy, Bree Gordon, Michelle McKenzie-Voigt, David Geinosky, Justin Kilduff, Kyrie Anderson, Mark Jacob Chaitin and hosts Keith Stoneking and Patrick Rybarczyk.
Tickets are $20, and the price includes one free drink and one raffle ticket for a chance to win a groovy door prize, including theater tickets, hotel stays and dinner packages (click here for a current list of prizes). Tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com.
Pride Films and Plays is dedicated to comprehending the history of great gay writing and fostering its excellence in new works for the stage and screen. For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.