Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-11-22
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Pride, past and present
by Scott C. Morgan, Windy City Times

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

Pride Films and Plays Executive Director David Zak is making sure that the two-theater Pride Arts Center will be buzzing for its first Pride Month.

"If you want to see a film, see a play, go to a cabaret concert like we recently had with a star like Charles Busch, there are lots of options that the building gives us which we have never had before," Zak said. "So we're excited about this opportunity to present a smorgasbord of limited runs on top of the Pride Films and Plays subscription series."

Before the Chicago premiere of Douglas Carter Beane's 2013 historical burlesque Broadway drama The Nance arrives at the end of June, the Pride Arts Center plays host to a Pride festival titled "Nearly 50." It's named so to mark the nearly 50th anniversary of Mart Crowley's seminal 1968 off-Broadway gay drama The Boys in the Band, which opens the festival as a one-night-only play reading on May 17.

"We need to continue to educate ourselves,"said Zak, shocked at the fact that the twentysomething actors he cast for the reading had never seen, much less heard of The Boys in the Band before they auditioned.

"How do you come of age as a gay man without hearing of The Boys in the Band?" Zak said. "We need to remind ourselves of our history and to celebrate some of the historical work that went before because that work reminds us of the consistency of our path of the struggles that came before us."

More gay history comes with Beds, a double-bill staging of Robert Chelsey's explicit 1986 AIDS drama Jerker and James Edwin Parker's 1995 off-Broadway drama Two Boys in Bed on a Cold Winter's Night. It's a late tie-in to the recent Art AIDS Chicago exhibit.

Zak is also excited to welcome back Skokie native David Pevsner for the Chicago debut of Musical Comedy Whore, a one-man autobiographical musical about an openly gay actor famed for playing "daddy types" in projects ranging from Scrooge & Marley to Old Dogs & New Tricks.

"He's a really funny guy," said Zak, pointing out that Pevsner is also famed for contributing songs like "The Perky Little Pornstar from Skokie, Illinois" and "The Naked Maid" to the long-running off-Broadway revue Naked Boys Singing.

"Musical Comedy Whore has been playing around the L.A. area and Palm Springs and we wanted to bring it here," Zak said. "It's bawdy and it talks about his experience as a gay man and being in New York with all the partying, so that some of our older subscribers will know of all the various touchstones that he's referring to."

Zak also wanted to ensure that Nearly 50 looked forward to the future. That's why he's asked trans performer Delia Kropp to direct readings of the Great Trans* Play Contest Winner so that new works featuring trans characters can be in the potential pipeline for future productions.

Zak was also keen to open up the Pride Arts Center to dance possibilities. He's excited about the show Unity in Dance on June 18, which features same-sex dances choreographed and performed by members of Giordano Dance Chicago.

"I would love it if we could be a place for gay choreographers to come in and do a showcase," Zak said. "We're interested to see how many different types of things can happen in the building."

The Nearly 50 schedule features:

—A staged reading of The Boys in the Band at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. $25 VIP and $20 general admission

—Beds, a double bill of the two-character dramas Jerker and Two Boys in Bed on a Cold Winter's Night, plays seven performances June 4-16. $30 VIP and $25 general admission

—David Pevsner's Musical Comedy Whore plays five performances between May 31 to June 4. $25 VIP and $20 general admission

—A staged reading of Tom Wells' homophobia-in-sports drama Jumpers for Goalposts is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6. Admission is pay-what-you-can.

—The cabaret revue Broadway in the Broadway is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8. $25 VIP and $20 general admission

—Readings of the Great Trans* Play Contest Winner is 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10. Pay-what-you-can tickets.

—SheFest, an evening of performances featuring queer women, is 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 12. $15 VIP and $10 general admission

—The Queer Bits Film Festival is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 17. $10

—Unity in Dance featuring Jacob Frazier from Giordano Dance Chicago is 7 p.m. Sunday, June 18. $50 VIP and $30 general admission.

All performances in The Broadway space of the Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway St., except for The Great Trans* Play Contest Winner Reading in The Buena space at 4147 N. Broadway St. For tickets and more information, call 800-737-0984 or visit .

facebook twitter pin it 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.


Gay News

Spotlight on Irving Berlin's White Christmas 2017-11-22 - Get in a Broadway holiday mood by taking in the touring return of Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The popular screen-to-stage show not only ...

Gay News

Critics' Picks 2017-11-22 - Becky Shaw, Windy City Playhouse, through Dec. 17. "Love is a by-product of Use" says a cynical cad in Gina Gionfriddo's slyly Machiavellian ...

Gay News

'Tis the Seasonal Depression 2017-11-22 - Authors: Sarah Collier, Katie Cutler, Evan M. Duggan, Julie Fishbach, Clay Goodpasture, Christopher "Tito" Thies Lotito, Greg Phelps and Laurel Posakony. At: Pride ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Escape to Margaritaville 2017-11-22 - Score: Jimmy Buffett; Book: Greg Garcia & Mike O'Malley At: Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Tickets: 800-775-2000 or; $35-$115. Runs through: ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW The Importance of Being Earnest 2017-11-22 - Playwright: Oscar Wilde At: Writers Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. Tickets:; $35-80. Runs through: Dec. 23 On the evening of ...

Gay News

OUT FRONT seeks play submissions 2017-11-21 - About Face Theatre is seeking play submissions for its OUT FRONT Series, an annual line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental ...

Gay News

Gift Gala on Dec. 1 at Copernicus 2017-11-21 - The Gift Theatre will present its 16th annual benefit, Gift Gala 2017: Revolutions on Friday, Dec. 1, 6-10 p.m., at the Copernicus Center, ...

Gay News

Magic Cabaret closing Dec. 27 2017-11-19 - After a decade-long run, The Magic Cabaret is ending. David Parr and Joe Diamond are wrapping up the run with four more ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Fade 2017-11-19 - Playwright: Tanya Saracho At: Victory Gardens Theater at the Biograph, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. Tickets: $15-$56. Runs through: Dec. 23 During ...

Gay News

THEATER REVIEW Breath, Boom 2017-11-19 - Playwright: Kia Corthron At: Eclipse Theatre Company at the Athenaeum, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Tickets: $30 Runs through: Dec. 17. ...


Copyright © 2017 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.








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.