Pride Films and Plays will stage the first Chicago production in more than a decade of A Man of No Importance, the heartwarming musical created by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Terrence McNally, the team that wrote RAGTIME and ANASTASIA. A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is based on a 1994 film starring Albert Finney and features a gorgeous Irish-influenced score.
Alfie Byrne is a middle-aged, unmarried bus conductor who idolizes Oscar Wilde and harbors a secret crush on his handsome young co-worker Robbie Fay. Much of the musical's comedy comes from Alfie's determined efforts to stage a production of Wilde's SALOME with his quirky community theater group.
The cast includes Ryan Lanning ( Alfie Byrne ), Nick Arceo ( Robbie Fay ), Ciera Dawn ( Adele Rice ), Sarah Beth Tanner ( Lily ), Tommy Bullington ( Carney ), Ryan Armstrong ( Ernie, Rasher Flynn ), Tiffany Taylor ( Mrs. Patrick ), Ian Rigg ( Father Kenny ), Kimberly Lawson ( Mrs. Grace ), Jessica Lauren Fisher ( Miss Crowe ), Christopher Davis ( Baldy ), Orlando Shelly ( Peter ), Thomas Tong ( Sully O'Hara ), Kevin O'Connell ( Brenton Beret, Oscar Wilde ), Patrick O'Keefe ( Swing ) and Jenni Carroll ( Swing ).
The production team includes Donterrio Johnson ( director ), Robert Ollis ( msuic director ), Robert S. Kuhn ( costume design ), Evan Frank ( scenic design ), Mike McShane ( lighting design ), Isaac Mandel ( sound design ), Matthew Zalinski ( props design ), Shannon Leigh Webber ( dialect coach ), Allison Petrillo ( assistant director ), Emily Marrazzo ( stage manager ), Finn Taylor ( asisstant stage manager ), Patrick O'Keefe ( dance captain ), and Justus Wright ( sound engineer ).
A musical adaptation by the Tony Award-winning writers of RAGTIME and ANASTASIA of the 1994 film that starred Albert Finney. Alfie Byrne is a bus conductor in 1964 Dublin whose heart holds secrets that he can't share with anyone but his imagined confidante, Oscar Wilde. When he attempts to present an amateur production of Wilde's SALOME in the local church hall, he must face the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name." But the redemptive power of theatre changes his life and gains him the support of his true friends.
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Pride Films and Plays produces a year-round festival of work centered on LGBTQ characters or themes that are essential viewing for all. Since opening Pride Arts Center in 2016, with our two intimate spaces, Pride Films and Plays is in many ways the center of queer programming in the Midwest thanks to our award-winning full productions, cabarets, film fests, new play development and special events. Founded in 2010, Pride Films and Plays has earned 36 Jeff Recommendations and Awards.
Pride Arts is grateful for hundreds of individual donors, especially the recurring donors in the Pride Society. The company is most grateful for foundation support from Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency, City Arts Grant, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Heath Fund, the Pauls Foundation, The Service Club of Chicago, Arts and Business Council, Taproot Foundation, Alphawood Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, AmazonSmile Foundation, among others.
Pride Arts is grateful for the support of Braintree, which sponsors our Pride Parade float, the Australian Consulate-General Chicago and Qantas Airlines, and the Consulate General of Canada, Chicago. Pride Arts is a member of the League of Chicago Theaters, Northalsted Business Association, Buena Park Neighbors, Uptown United, and Lakeview East Business Association.
—From a press release