Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-06-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Closet Play virtual benefit concert leads PrideArts virtual season
--From a press release
2020-09-02

This article shared 2247 times since Wed Sep 2, 2020
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO - PrideArts Artistic Director Donterrio Johnson today announced a four - show virtual fall season called REIGNITE! that will look to the 17th and 19th Centuries for inspiration. The season will open with a benefit concert conceived by Johnson that will intertwine original jazz compositions with poetry by James Baldwin and Tennessee Williams. The concert will stream live from the Pride Arts Center's Buena Theatre on Sept. 30 ( no-in-person audience ).

Johnson says, "Taking over as Artistic Director of Pride Films and Plays, now called PrideArts, it is particularly important that the content I provide to our audience is poignant, palpable and immediate. This season is called Reignite! Not only are we looking to reignite the spark of this company but reignite our art form and its history. Right now, in our country we are in the middle of huge conversations about race, gender and politics. Also looming over our heads is the weight of a global pandemic that has altered all our lives. If we were to step backwards to the 19th Century these same talking points were very relevant then. We saw the rise of Vaudeville - an art form that brought cis-white male performers to the forefront. These performers would often dabble in drag performance and blackface but would never allow the people who actually lived those lives onto their stages. My idea this season is: What if we rewrote this history? What if we re-appropriated the Vaudeville Era and brought blackness and queerness to the forefront? What would it look like? How would it feel? Would Vaudeville still be around today? It is my mission to breathe new life into these shows and allow them to speak to audiences of today."

Entitled CLOSET PLAY, the concert will be a modern spin on the art form of the Closet Drama — plays written to be read, rather than staged. The series will continue with three loosely staged short comedies of the 19th Century — the hilarious comedies BOX AND COX by John Maddison Morton, A PAIR OF LUNATICS by W.R. Walkes, and THE PROPOSAL by Anton Chekov. These three comedies will be recorded live in the Buena Theatre, with no audience present, crew masked at all times, and actors masked when rehearsing or not performing in front of the camera.

CLOSET PLAY, on Sept. 30, will intertwine original jazz compositions with poetry by two of America's most prolific queer voices — James Baldwin and Tennessee Williams — with an original jazz score. CLOSET PLAY's cast will include Trenton Baker, Jos N. Banks, Christian Bufford, Robbin DaSilva, Ryan Lanning, Kimberly Lawson, David Robbins, Lorenzo Rush Jr., Tiffany T. Taylor, Koray Tarhan, Will Wilhelm, Jasmine Lacy Young, Joey Stone, and Ricki J Pettinato. CLOSET PLAY will be streamed live on Sept. 30, 2020, broadcasting from the Pride Arts Center's Buena Theatre at 7 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube; and available to stream thereafter. Links will be posted on the PrideArts Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/pridefilmsandplays ) and website ( www.pridearts.org ). There is no charge to view CLOSET PLAY, but donations will be gladly accepted.

The fall Virtual Season will continue with John Maddison Morton's BOX AND COX, a three- character one-act farce that premiered in London in 1847. BOX AND COX will be streamed twice only — on Thursdays, Oct. 22 and 29; at 7 p.m. each evening.

Following BOX AND COX will be the two-character one-act comedy A PAIR OF LUNATICS, by W.R. Walkes. In A PAIR OF LUNATICS, which premiered in London in 1898, He and She meet for the first time in an asylum and each mistakes the other for an inmate. A PAIR OF LUNATICS will be streamed twice only - on Thursdays, Nov. 19, and Dec. 3; at 7 p.m. each evening.

The final play of the virtual fall season will be Anton Chekov's THE PROPOSAL, to be streamed twice only - on Thursday, Dec. 17 and Wednesday, Dec. 30; at 7 p.m. each evening. In this one-act Chekov comedy, Ivan, an hypochondriac, has a proposal for Natalya the neighbor. That is, if they can ever agree on anything.

Casts of the final three plays will be announced later. Costs to view are $25. for each of the three plays and tickets will be available at www.pridearts.org .

COMPANY NAME CHANGE

Johnson also made formal a name change for the company from Pride Films and Plays to the shorter and catchier PrideArts, a moniker that has been used in the company's promotional materials since late 2019. Johnson explained, "PrideArts is a company that takes pride in the arts and in its artists." The company also unveiled its new logo for the company today as well.

CLOSET PLAY: A BENEFIT CONCERT

Conceived and directed by Donterrio Johnson

Streamed live on Facebook and YouTube Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020; 7.pm.

Available online for an open-end run thereafter.

Link and more info at www. pridearts.org .

No charge. Donations gladly accepted.

With the plague of the 17th century brewing and a government ban that closed theatrical spaces, a new art form was found: Closet Drama - plays intended to be read, not to be performed. PrideArts is excited to bring you a modern spin on this art form, streamed live from the Buena Theater. CLOSET PLAY is an in-depth look into the poetry of two of America's most prolific queer voices - JAMES BALDWIN and TENNESSEE WILLIAMS - intertwined with original jazz music. Featuring a cast of some of Chicago's most treasured artists. This event was conceived and will be directed by PrideArts Artistic Director Donterrio Johnson.

BOX AND COX

By John Maddison Morton Directed by Donterrio Johnson

Streamed on YouTube Thursdays, October 22 and 29; 7 p.m.

Ticketing and more info at www.pridearts.org .

Tickets $25.00

A three-character one-act farce that premiered in London in 1847. BOX AND COX is a hilarious romance of real life in one act.

A PAIR OF LUNATICS

By W.R. Walkes

Directed by Donterrio Johnson

Streamed on YouTube Thursdays, November 19, and December 3; 7 p.m.

Ticketing and more info at www.pridearts.org .

Tickets $25.00

A one-act comedy that premiered in London in 1898, He and She meet for the first time in an asylum and each mistakes the other for an inmate.

THE PROPOSAL

By Anton Chekov

Directed by Donterrio Johnson

Streamed on YouTube Thursday, December 17 and Wednesday, December 30; 7 p.m.

Ticketing and more info at www. pridearts.org .

Tickets $25.00

Ivan, an hypochondriac, has a proposal for Natalya the neighbor. That is, if they can ever agree on anything.

ABOUT PRIDEARTS

PrideArts is working to produce year-round theater and film projects that change lives in normal ( non-COVID ) times, the company produces a season of full play and musical productions, as well as events including dance, cabaret, film, and more. It was recently honored with seven Jeff award nominations for the 2019-20 season. Events can be one-night or limited run productions or feature national treasures like Charles Busch. PAC occupies The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway, which has 85 seats, and The Buena, which has 50 seats at 4147 N Broadway.

PrideArts is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago's City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, The Pauls Foundation, The Heath Fund, The Service Club of Chicago, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation, Arts and Business Council, and Alphawood Foundation.

PrideArts is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. PrideArts is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Northalsted Business Association, Uptown United, and The League of Chicago Theatres.

For more information and to donate, visit www.pridearts.org or call -773-857-0222.


This article shared 2247 times since Wed Sep 2, 2020
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.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Black Ensemble Theater receives $5M grant from MacKenzie Scott 2021-06-17
- Black Ensemble Theater founder, Executive Director and CEO Jackie Taylor announced that the theater has received a $5 million grant from MacKenzie Scott. Taylor said she hopes that this gift will motivate other philanthropists and funders ...


Gay News

Blue Man Group returning Aug. 18 2021-06-16
- Blue Man Group will return to Chicago's Briar Street Theatre on Wed., Aug. 18. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, Blue Man Group encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child ...


Gay News

Wizard World Chicago returning Oct. 15-17 2021-06-16
- Wizard Brands, Inc. announced that its flagship event, Wizard World Chicago, will officially make its triumphant return Oct. 15-17 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. All tickets purchased for the originally scheduled event ...


Gay News

Mercury Theater Chicago open house July 10-11; Honey West new Venus Cabaret director 2021-06-14
--From a press release - Chicago (June 14, 2021)— Mercury Theater Chicago will celebrate its reopening plans at an Open House at the Venus Cabaret, 3745 N. Southport Ave, on July 10 and 11, 2021. The Open House will be a ...


Gay News

Mayor Lightfoot and DCASE announce more summer cultural events across Chicago 2021-06-14
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced even more returning, new and reimagined summer cultural events across Chicago — plus artist lineups and other details ...


Gay News

Dennis Watkins' The Magic Parlour reopens at Palmer House Hilton on Aug. 6 2021-06-10
- Third-generation magician and mind reader Dennis Watkins announced that Dennis Watkins' The Magic Parlour will return to Chicago's Palmer House Hilton for in-person performances beginning Friday, Aug. 6. Watkins will ...


Gay News

2021-22 Season at Goodman Theatre announced 2021-06-09
--From a press release - (Chicago, IL) It's a summer "homecoming" for Goodman Theatre audiences! On July 30, Chicago's theater since 1925 resumes live, in-person performances following a 16-month COVID-19 pandemic period of darkened stages. ...


Gay News

About Face Theatre announces recipients of playwriting grants 2021-06-09
--From a press release - CHICAGO (June 3, 2021) - About Face Theatre announced today that it is awarding grants to two local LGBTQ+ playwrights to support their creative work. Playwrights Hannah Ii-Epstein (she/her) and ...


Gay News

Actor/artist creates huge mural for new Steppenwolf center 2021-06-07
- Chicago-based artist/actor Tony Fitzpatrick has created a massive mural for the exterior of Steppenwolf Theatre Company's new Arts and Education Center, 1646 N. Halsted St. Commissioned by Steppenwolf as a highly visible public-art installation for th ...


Gay News

Jay Españo named Artistic Director of PrideArts, planning 2021-22 season 2021-06-03
--From a press release - CHICAGO — Jay Espano, a Chicago actor, director, and filmmaker whose theater training includes education in The Philippines as well as an MFA from Chicago's Columbia College, has been named Artistic Director of PrideArts. Cheri Tatar, ...


Gay News

VIRTUAL CONCERT Lyric Opera airing 'The New Classics' on June 10 2021-06-02
- On Thursday, June 10, The Lyric Opera will air airtual cabaret featuring Broadway and Lyric artists in "The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater." The event will start at 7 p.m ...


Gay News

Black Ensemble Theater, African American theater companies across country form new national alliance 2021-06-01
--From a press release - [CHICAGO, IL] — In an effort to share knowledge, resources and strengthen the infrastructure of the Black theatre landscape in the United States, the country's independent Black theatre building owners ...


Gay News

Billy Masters 2021-05-31
- "I will never trust pants again!"—Lil Nas X on his wardrobe malfunction on Saturday Night Live. To see the incident—and Lil's commentary—check out BillyMasters.com. We have a Memorial Day tradition ...


Gay News

Oak Park Festival Theatre holding June 15 talk on James Baldwin 2021-05-29
- Oak Park Festival Theatre is hosting the free online event "James Baldwin: His Impact on the Theatre Then, Now, and in the Future," on Tuesday, June 15, at 7-8 p.m., that will feature scholar/author Dr. Eddie ...


Gay News

Northlight Theatre to open its 2021-2022 season in September 2021-05-25
--From a press release - Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces its 2021-2022 season, opening with the tour-de-force musical Songs for Nobodies, by Joanna ...


 



Copyright © 2021 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


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.