AFT Celebrates June with The Pride Performance Series

Thursday, May 15, 12:28 PM written by AFT Theatre

4x6 AFT_Series Postcard_HorizJoin About Face as we commemorate Pride Month 2014 with THE PRIDE PERFORMANCE SERIES, a spectacular line-up of readings, performances and special events throughout June celebrating the LGBTQIA experience.

The series kicks off with a reading of Jonathan Tolins’ comedy The Last Sunday in June, starring real life couple Michael Urie (of TV’s Ugly Betty) and his partner Ryan Spahn. Urie is currently starring in Tolins’ comedy Buyer & Cellar at Chicago’s Broadway Playhouse. Up next, AFT Artistic Associate Paul Oakley Stovall leads a panel of Chicago artists through an exploration of Lesbians & Literature. Then, playwright Bixby Elliot (Girl You Know It’s True) unravels everything you’ve ever learned about our 16th President as AFT presents a reading of his hilarious play Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t.  Finally, Steven Strafford stars in a reading of Methtacular!, his own brutally honest and often comedic story of survival as a meth addict in Chicago.

Tickets for THE PRIDE PERFORMANCE SERIES are available at A Series Pass is available for $44 for access to all four events.

buy-tickets-buttonThe Last Sunday in June
By Jonathan Tolins
Directed by AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff
Starring Michael Urie with Ryan Spahn and others
Monday, June 2 at 7:30p | The Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tickets $20

It’s the last Sunday in June 2003, the day of the annual Gay Pride Parade through New York’s Greenwich Village. Tom and Michael, his partner of seven years, intend to spend the day planning their impending move from the Big Apple to the upstate town of Nyack, but their plans are rerouted as one friend after another drops by to view the parade from the window of their apartment. An afternoon originally designated for things domestic instead turns into a series of conversations about relationships, self-acceptance and the very meaning of what it is to be gay, eventually calling into question Tom and Michael’s relationship itself.

buy-tickets-buttonLesbians & Literature
Hosted by AFT Artistic Associate Paul Oakley Stovall
Part of the PivotArts Festival
Tuesday, June 10 at 7p | Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon Ave.
Tickets $10

Lesbians have had a lasting, but often unsung, impact on English literature. About Face Theatre Artistic Associate Paul Oakley Stovall hosts a panel discussion and performance exploring gay women in literature including Sappho, the couple behind James Joyce’s Ulysses and more. The event includes playwright Marilyn Campbell, AFT Artistic Associate Elizabeth Ledo, playwright and
actress Pat Kane, and others. Part of the 2014 Pivot Arts Festival.

buy-tickets-buttonAbraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t
by Bixby Elliot
Directed by AFT Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff
Friday, June 13 and Saturday June 14 at 7:30p | Chicago Dramatists, 1105 W. Chicago Ave.
Tickets $10

Was our country’s most beloved president gay? That’s what 17-year-old Cal thinks and he’s going to prove it to the world! Structured around an oral report that Cal presents at Ford’s Theatre where Lincoln met his untimely end in Washington, D.C., Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t weaves together the story of Cal and his quest to prove Honest Abe was a homo AND the secret (based in fact) sexual history of Gaybraham Lincoln. Along the way there is damning evidence, time travel, a road trip to the nation’s capital, budding high-school romance, a crazy Mary Todd and

Written by and starring Steven Strafford
Directed by Adam Fitzgerald
Tuesday, June 17 at 7:30p | American Theater Company, 1909 W. Byron St.
Tickets $15

METHTACULAR! is Steven Strafford’s hilarious and harrowing account of his three year run as a crystal meth addict in Chicago. As Steven weaves together stories, songs and Facts of Life references, audiences will laugh their way down into the depths of a drug addled, sex crazed life.