About Face Theatre Presents the Chicago Premiere of THE PRIDE

Wednesday, May 8, 12:00 PM written by biz

About Face Theatre Presents the Chicago Premiere of THE PRIDE

By Alexi Kaye Campbell
Directed by Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar
June 6 – July 13, 2013


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CHICAGO – Due to popular demand, About Face Theatre’s critically acclaimed Chicago premiere of THE PRIDE by Alexi Kaye Campbell (Olivier Award) and directed by Bonnie Metzgar has added two additional weeks of performances – extending through Sunday, July 28, 2013.

THE PRIDE features AFT Artistic Associates Patrick Andrews, John Francisco and Benjamin Sprunger with Jessie Fisher.

Two story lines, fifty years apart. Set in London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s time-shifting play THE PRIDE maps the progression of the gay rights movement from the repression of the fifties to the freedom of today through the fate of two twisted love triangles. In 1958, Philip is married to Sylvia but in love with Oliver. In 2008, Oliver is addicted to public sex with strangers, so Philip leaves him. Sylvia has to pick up the pieces. THE PRIDE is a sharp, witty portrait of urban gay couples and the punishing consequences of liberation.

The production team for THE PRIDE includes: William Boles (set design), Mieka van der Ploeg (costume design), Becca Jeffords (lighting design), Stephen Ptacek (sound design), Jamie Karas (props design), John Tovar (fight choreography), Rupert Priniski (production coordinator) Hutch Pimentel (assistant director), Katie Klemme (stage manager), Claire Reinhart (asst. stage manager) and Derek Matson (dramaturg).

Playwright: Alexi Kaye Campbell
Director: AFT Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar
Featuring: AFT Artistic Associates Patrick Andrews (Oliver), John Francisco (Philip) and Benjamin Sprunger (Man/Peter/Doctor) with Jessie Fisher (Sylvia).
Location:                              Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
Dates: Previews: Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 pm, Friday, June 7 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, June 9 at 5 pm & Wednesday, June 12 at 7:30 pm.
Press Opening:  Thursday, June 13 at 7:30 pm
Regular Run: Saturday, June 15 – Sunday, July 28, 2013
Show Times:                        Curtain TimesThursdays and Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 5 pm & 9 pm (through July 13) and Saturdays at 3 pm & 7:30 pm (July 20 – 27); Sundays at 5 pm. Please note: There is an added performance on Monday, July 8 at 7:30 pm; there will not be a performance on Sunday, July 14.
Tickets: Regular run: $30 (through July 13), $40 (July 18 – 27, $30 if purchased by July 13).
$15 students. Group rates available.
or by calling the Victory Gardens Box Office at (773) 871-3000.

About the Playwright
The Pride is Alexi Kaye Campbell’s first play. It premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in November 2008 and was awarded the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement, The Critic’s Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright and The John Whiting Award for Best New Play. The play was produced at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York in January 2010 and was nominated for Best Play by the Outer Critics Circle. His second play, Apologia, was produced at The Bush Theatre in London in June 2009 and was nominated Best Play at the Writer’s Guild Awards. As an actor Alexi Kaye Campbell has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, Chichester Festival Theatre, Oxford Stage Company and Shared Experience.

About the Director
At About Face, Bonnie Metzgar has directed Philip Dawkin’s The Homosexuals, Sylvan Oswald’s Pony, a reimagining of Stupid Kids by John C. Russell and Taylor Mac’s The Young Ladies Of.  Prior to AFT, Metzgar was best known for producing a radical new grassroots model for theatrical production with Suzan Lori-Parks’ epic 365 Days/365 Plays. Metzgar served for nine years as an Associate Producer at the Public Theater under George C. Wolfe and was the founding producer of the world famous entertainment venue, Joe’s Pub.

THE PRIDE sponsors include Paul Boskind and John Sanders.

About Face Theatre is one of Chicago’s most acclaimed theatre companies, and is a national leader in the development of new work exploring gender and sexual identity.  Since its founding by Kyle Hall and Eric Rosen in 1995, the company has premiered more than 45 world premieres by writers and directors who have been recognized with several Tony Awards, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The MacArthur Fellowship and dozens of Joseph Jefferson Awards.