Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2015-05-27
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Five-for-one gay history
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT
by Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times
2012-11-14

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Pride Films and Plays can already claim that its world-premiere production of At the Flash is an award-winner.

At the Flash—which married couple Sean Chandler and David Leeper of Woodland Hills, Calif., co-wrote—was the ultimate winner of Pride Films and Plays' 2012 Great Gay Play And Musical Contest this past April. Now local theatergoers can see a fully realized production of At the Flash at the Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre from Friday, Nov. 16, to Sunday, Dec. 16.

"This is the first one—the first time that we're actually taking a script that was developed and won the contest into a full production," said Pride Films and Plays founder and artistic director David Zak. "It's a great step."

Chandler and Leeper came up with the idea for At the Flash about seven years ago when they were talking about writing a show that would explore the past 50 years of the gay and lesbian movement.

Other playwrights have also explored gay history through drama, notably Robert Patrick with his 1988 multi-play cycle Untold Decades and Terrence McNally in his 2007 off-Broadway drama Some Men. But Chandler and Leeper opted to make At the Flash into a one-man show.

"We went ahead and set up the show to be one character representing each decade and each character comes to embody the overall tone and feel of that particular decade," Chandler said. "We thought that would be fun to watch rather than just having a lateral 'history lesson,' if you will."

Jumping back and forth in time, At the Flash features five distinct characters ranging from a budding lesbian activist to a Black drag queen and what they get up to while in the same bar location through the different decades. For the world premiere of At the Flash, Leeper assumes all the roles.

"If I could only play one role, I think I'd be drawn to Richard, the in-the-closet married man with children," said Leeper in an interview with Zak. "I think most gay men and women have struggled with their own acceptance at one time and that is what I tap into and find so heart-breaking with him."

Assisting in Leeper's many character transformations is a lot of technical sound and lighting cues to help sort out who is who.

"It's meant to be performed on a bare stage, but with music and lights, you can really use your imagination, and people bring their own stories to it," Zak said. "You hear Madonna music, you hear stuff from the '60s and it really takes you back."

Now when asked if At the Flash was particularly attractive to produce for Pride Films and Plays since it only calls for a single actor, Zak bristled at the suggestion.

"That's not really the point," Zak said, though he notes that other theater companies could see that as a major advantage if they chose to do subsequent productions of At the Flash in the future. "I don't think the authors could ever say we did it for that reason. They were interested in it as an artistic piece as a really exciting theatrical piece."

For Chandler, seeing the play finally up on its feet is something of a dream come true.

"It takes so much to have a gay play or film be recognized and be seen," he said. "I want it to be produced all over the world—that would be beyond my wildest dreams."

Following At the Flash, Pride Films and Plays is set to produce a 20th-anniversary production of Jonathan Harvey's play Beautiful Thing and a new musical about the outing of a politician called Under a Rainbow Flag. The latter piece is co-written by Chandler and composer Leo Schwartz, and it came about after the two met while their separate works were performed as readings as part of the Great Gay Play And Musical Contest.

Aside from helping to foster new artistic collaborations, Zak wants the Great Gay Play And Musical Contest to be a beacon for the production of new LGBT works.

"Plays trickling down from off-Broadway by the likes of Paul Rudnick or Terrence McNally—that whole model is gone," said Zak about regional theaters that wait for successes from New York to produce. "We're hoping that artistic directors from around the country will every year be able to come to us in April at the Center on Halsted to find the best new five gay plays and produce them right away."

Pride Films and Plays' world premiere of At the Flash plays from Friday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theatre, 3656 N. Halsted St. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (and on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting Nov. 28), with 3:30 p.m. matinees on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for the preview on Nov. 16, and $21-$25 for the regular run. Call 800-838-3006 or go online at www.brownpapertickets.com to purchase tickets or visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com for more information.


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

THEATER REVIEW Belfast Girls 2015-05-27
THEATER REVIEW Shining Lives: A Musical 2015-05-27
THEATER REVIEW Cowboy Versus Samurai 2015-05-27
THEATER REVIEW MIRACLE! 2015-05-27
Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks 2015-05-27
SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL What's new this summer 2015-05-27
SUMMER THEATER SPECIAL Classics and revivals for all ages (and tastes) 2015-05-27
Knight at the Movies: Summer LGBT movie preview 2015-05-27
Gay Black comic has concert film 2015-05-27
'Peep Show' at Links Hall June 1 2015-05-26
In theater: ATC artistic director dies; Barrel of Monkeys ED steps down 2015-05-26
Safe by Donna Hoke wins 2015 Great Gay Play Contest 2015-05-20
Harris Theatre unveils 2015-16 dance season 2015-05-20
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Coming soon: More 'Sweet Tea' 2015-05-20
THEATER REVIEW Inana 2015-05-20
THEATER REVIEW Our New Girl 2015-05-20
THEATER REVIEW Twisted Melodies 2015-05-20
THEATER REVIEW The Little Foxes 2015-05-20
Spotlight and Critics' Picks 2015-05-20
Community briefs: Theater, film, Pride 2015-05-20
Rita Moreno speaks at NEIU graduation, holds press conference 2015-05-19
THEATER REVIEW White Road 2015-05-13
THEATER REVIEW The Project(s) 2015-05-13
THEATER REVIEW Bad Jews 2015-05-13
Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks 2015-05-13
THEATER REVIEW Melancholy Play: a chamber musical 2015-05-13
THEATER REVIEW: NYC Fun Home 2015-05-13
Sweet Tea, play explores blackness, sexuality and Southern hospitality 2015-05-10
Stage Left Theatre announces Season 34 2015-05-09
Harris Theater presents 2015-16 season See The Dance 2015-05-07
Steppenwolf's Martha Lavey hospitalized, recovering from stroke 2015-05-07
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT A Savage spoof 2015-05-06
Tony nominations feature Hollywood thespians 2015-05-06
THEATER REVIEW Three Sisters 2015-05-06
THEATER REVIEW Side Man 2015-05-06
THEATER REVIEW All's Well That Ends Well 2015-05-06
THEATER REVIEW Sense and Sensibility 2015-05-06
Theater Spotlight and Critics' Picks 2015-05-06
Stage Left Theatre presents Leapfest XII 2015-05-04
About Face Theatre presents "Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t" 2015-05-04
 



Copyright © 2015 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.