‘The Submission’ by Jeff Talbott

Chicago Gay Theatre

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to follow up its sold-out Jeff Recommended run of Terrence McNally’s Some Men with the Chicago premiere of The Submission by Jeff Talbott, winner of the 2011 Laurent’s/Hatcher Award and the Outer Circle’s John Gassner Award for Best New Play in 2012. The dynamic new work runs October 12 through November 25 at the Apollo Studio Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln.  Purchase tickets at the box office 773 935 6100 or www.ticketmaster.com.

The Submission is Jeff Recommended!

SubmissionPost3Shaleeha G’ntamobi has written a knock out play about a family in the projects and it’s just been accepted into the prestigious Humana Festival. Problem is: Shaleeha is actually a pseudonym for Danny, a young gay white playwright.  When he hires Emilie, a black actress to play the “author,” one bad decision starts a downward spiral into chaos. The Submission is a fierce and hilarious drama about privilege, obsession, misappropriation and the lies we tell to get what we want.

The Submission is a raw, unsentimental play about race and gender that exposes the quiet prejudice and intolerance among even our most progressive thinkers. It is both uncomfortable and impossible to not watch.” – Associated Press

“Fearless, whip-smart, and hyper-articulate, Talbott’s incendiary political comedy-drama asks hard questions about our supposedly post-racial world. . . . The Submission is an important play. It makes you stop and think.” – Backstage

Ginneh Thomas makes her Chicago debut as Emilie, with Nicholas Bailey as Danny. Adam Pasen plays Danny’s best friend Trevor, and PFP Artistic Ensemble Member Edward Fraim plays Danny’s partner Peter. Understudies are Tiffany Williams, Johnny Kyle Cook, Danny Bradley, and Tanner Munson.

1 (l to r) Edward Fraim, Nicholas Bailey, and Ginneh Thomas in The Submission from Pride Films and Plays  (2)The Submission is directed by Jude Hansen, an Artistic Ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays. Costume Design is by PFP Artistic Ensemble Member Raquel Adorno, with Set and Lighting Design by G. Max Maxin IV.

o        Regular run Sundays at 7:00 and Mondays and Tuesdays at 7:30 ($25)

o        Please note there is NO performance on Monday, October 20

o        Closing is November 25

o        Seniors and Students save $5 per ticket

o        Purchase tickets at the box office 773 935 6100 or www.ticketmaster.com

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Director Jude Hansen, who is currently featured as Michael in PFP’s Some Men, is a born and bred Australian. Since moving to the States and completing his MFA, Jude has directed staged readings of Sweetwater and Bison for Pride Films and Plays.  He also directed The Tragic Divorce Opera for Ex-Pats theatre ADLIB festival and was the assistant director at Redtwist for the Jeff nominated production of Clybourne Park. Australian directing credits include Bedroom Farce and BOX? for Down-side-Up Theatre, the later which won the Playbox Festival Coordinators Award for directing.  For Placenta Theatre he directed Public Displays of Affection, All About You and The Circus of Lust (Winner- Best Director Midsumma Festival Pink Shorts).  He is most proud of directing his own reimagined adaptation of John Osborne’s seminal work Look Back in Anger also for Placenta Theatre.  As a playwright, his works include Public Displays of Affection and Painting Controversials which earned him the Australian National Young Playwrights Award.  As an actor, screen credits include a leading role in the award winning Australian film TWO (Best Romance- Australasian International Film Festival, Barossa Valley).


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Jeff Talbott HeadshotPlaywright Jeff Talbott graduated with honors from the Yale School of Drama.  The Submission was the inaugural recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Award in 2011 and was produced Off-Broadway by MCC Theater; it also received the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award for New American Play in 2012.  The play was a semi-finalist for the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference and it was in the final round of consideration for the 2010 New Play Summit at the Denver Center.  His play A Public Education has had recent developmental workshops and readings at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City and Off-Broadway at TACT.  His play All the Stars in the Midnight Sky has had developmental readings Off-Broadway by TACT and MCC.  His one-acts For Nate and Molly and Tender both received world premiere productions by the Yale Cabaret.  He lives in New York City and is currently writing a new musical with Will Van Dyke.

The Submission had its world premiere Off-Broadway in 2011 directed by Walter Bobbie and starring Jonathan Groff, Will Rogers, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Rutina Wesley.


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Nicholas Bailey, Edward Fraim, Adam Pasen, and Ginneh Thomas
Left to right Nick Bailey, Edward Fraim, Adam Pasen, Ginneh Thomas

Adam Pasen (Trevor)

Adam is honored to be a part of this sharp and exciting production. Chicago credits include Knute Rockne All-American and The Producers(TATC), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and An Ideal Husband (Circle), and Oh Boy! (City Lit). His play Badfic Love about Harry Potter and the world of fanfiction will premiere at the Den in April. Thank you Jude, Nelson, David, and the entire cast and crew.

Edward Fraim (Pete) is an ensemble member of Pride Films and Plays, and was last seen onstage as Bernie in the Chicago premier and sold out run of Some Men. He was also seen as The Lion earlier this year in the second sold out run of WOZ: A Rock Cabaret at Victory Gardens, remounting in 2015. Edward has worked with many great Chicago companies and wants to Thank You for continuing to support live theatre and the arts.

Ginneh Thomas (Emilie)

Ginneh Thomas is excited to make her Chicago theatre debut with PFP in The Submission. Originally from Michigan, she has spent the last several years in Texas in which received her MFA from Southern Methodist University.  Her credits include Home (Jubilee Theatre), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Dallas), Trysts in Toledo (Theatre Three), Woyzeck (Kitchen Dog Theater) The Story (Boarshead/Plowshares Theatre) and The Santaland Diaires (Boarshead Theater).

Nicolas Baily (Danny)

“Nicholas was most recently seen in Lifeline Theatre’s A Tale of Two Cities, and Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race & Privilege at the Goodman. He’s also been seen at Raven, BoHo, and regionally at the Arizona Theatre Company, Indiana Festival Theatre, and the Old Log Theater. Film/TV/radio credits include Scrooge & Marley, Conquest of America, and various commercials and voiceovers. Nicholas is represented by Big Mouth Talent. www.nicholasbailey.info

Tanner Munson (Trevor U/S)

Tanner Munson is an Iowa native and a recent grad of Chicago College of Performing Arts where he earned his B.F.A. In Acting. He was recently seen in Awkward Pause’s Urinetown and The Bridge Theatre’s Golf Ball. Tanner is also a stand up comedian and writer and has studied with iO and Second City. Thanks to God, his family, and Jude for this awesome opportunity.

Johnny Cook (Danny U/S)

Johnny Kyle Cook (u/s Danny) is thrilled to be working with Pride Films & Plays for the very first time!  His recent credits include Urinetown: the Musical with Awkward Pause Productions, A New Brain with Brown Paper Box Co and the world premiere of Folk Bound with Duplicity Ensemble. He earned a BFA in Acting from Northern Kentucky University, and is a former company member of Pones Inc. Laboratory of Movement in Cincinnati, OH.

Tiffany Williams (U/S Emilie U/S)

Tiffany is so thrilled to be a part of The Submission! A D.C. native, Tiffany moved to Chicago three years ago and has loved becoming involved in the amazing theater community here! Some favorite past credits include, Salome (The Right Brain Project), The Beautiful Dark (Redtwist Theater), and From the Circle: Remembering the Earth Through Folktales (Filament Theater Ensemble). Tiffany is a proud graduate of The University of Michigan. Thanks to family and friends for all the love and support!

Danny Bradley (Peter U/S)

Danny Bradley (U/S Peter): is beyond excited to be making his PFP debut in The Submission. A Native of Pittsburgh, PA, Danny is a recent graduate of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he received his BFA in acting. Some credits include ‘Harry/ Gerry’ in Cloud 9, ‘Posner’ in The History Boys, and ‘Stanley’ in Tulsa Lovechild. Many thanks to Jude Hansen and the PFP team, much love to my friends and family.


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Rauquel Adorno (Costume Design)

Max Maxine (Set/Lighting Design) – “Max” Maxin IV – works all around the Chicagoland area as a freelance designer & theatrical artist. He received his M.F.A. from Michigan State University in Production Design. Max is the Head of Design & Resident Scenic, Lighting & Projections Designer for the Actors Training Center and is Resident Lighting Designer for La Musica Lirica’s summer program in Italy. For a shameless feed of upcoming projects or to see what he’s been up to check out www.ivMaxin.com.

Rayme Silverberg (Production Manager)



About Pride Films and Plays

Founded in 2010, Pride Films and Plays is a leading player in the development of GLBT plays and musicals, screenplays and films. Under A Rainbow Flag won Jeff Awards in 2013 for Best New Work and Best Musical, and The Children’s Hour won for Best Supporting Actor (Nora Elise Ulrey) in 2014. Our current season began with the Jeff Recommended Chicago premiere of Some Men by Terrence McNally which is playing to sold-out houses through September 13.

After The Submission, our season continues with the highly anticipated world premiere of The Book of Merman by Leo Schwartz – Jeff Award Winner for Under A Rainbow Flag – opening in January at Mary’s Attic. It will be a followed by a fourth show which will be announced shortly.

This fall, PFP continues its developmental work with writers from around the country with Women’s Words Weekend (September 19 – 21) for plays and screenplays written by women with lesbian characters or themes, and Gay Film Weekend (November 14 – 16) for new screenplay development. Both fests are at Center on Halsted. PFP also hosts two film screenings – the Women’s Words Film Fest on September 15 for lesbian shorts written or directed by women, and Queer Bits Fall Film Fest on November 10 for LGBT shorts not previously screened in Chicago.

For more information visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.