With gay issues still so complex in this country, Pride Films and Plays, a very well known Gay Theatre Company located in Chicago, IL, was founded in 2010 to change lives by improving the quality of LGBT theater and film for this generation and those to come.
By utilizing stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, we create powerful theatrics and films that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through a season of Jeff eligible productions, writing contests that culminate with new work festivals at Center on Halsted, film screenings, and special events like TransFest and LezFest designed to bring attention to underserved artists and audiences. Huffington Post in 2015 called PFP, a Gay Theatre Company : “A powerful and empowering entity.”
- In our first two Jeff eligible seasons, PFP, a gay theatre company , earned 10 Jeff Nominations and 3 Awards, including Best Musical and Best New Work for Leo Schwartz’s Under A Rainbow Flag. This year all of our productions – the Chicago premieres of Some Men by Terrence McNally (Rivendell), The Submissionby Jeff Talbott (Apollo Studio) , Angry Fags by Topher Payne (Steppenwolf Garage Rep) and the world premiere musical The Book of Merman (Mary’s Attic) have been Jeff Recommended. The Book of Merman has moved to an open run at Apollo Studio.
- The PFP production of At The Flash, (a Gay Play Contest winner) has played in Los Angeles, Dublin, and Philadelphia. The Book of Merman is being licensing across the country.
- Our Great Gay Play Contest, Great Gay Screenplay Contest, and LezPlay (for lesbian scripts written by women) culminate in festivals at Center on Halsted, with each of the 15 finalists receiving $400 in addition to rehearsal time and public performance.
- Queer Bits Film Fests happen during June and November. Our first short ‘Skin’ by Paul Oakley Stovall will film this summer.
- 6 Artistic Associates lead the company in partnership with the Executive Director. They shape the season, and serve as producers for various festivals or productions. They are supported by a multi-generational Artistic Ensemble of 25 actors, designers, crew members who are straight and LGBT. Contest finalists join our Writers Network. We turn to them when responding to contemporary issues. When trouble was brewing concerning LGBT issues in Russia in 2014, we staged a one night event Sochi: Three Plays About Gay Athletes.
- We are thrilled to be a part of Chicago Community Trust’s Smart Growth program for the next three years, as well as Arts and Business Council’s OnBoard program to strengthen our board.