Out Front 2015

Year Round
About Face Theatre presents our
OUT FRONT series

AFT’s 2014-15 season includes the return of the OUT FRONT Series, a year-round line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes. This year’s OUT FRONT Series will focus on plays by and/or about women. Join us after each reading for a discussion and casual reception with the artists and staff.

Read on to learn more about the readings coming up next in the series and make sure to join our email list to stay in the loop about this and all our 19th season programming!

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by Kristin Idaszak

AUGUST 8th @ 7:00pm
AUGUST 9th @ 7:00pm

American Theater Company | 1909 West Byron Street in Chicago

Young trans man Mark’s twin sister is left in a coma and his girlfriend dead after a catastrophic car accident on Lake Shore Drive one New Year’s Eve. When nude photographs of his sister surface on the Internet, Mark goes in search of answers to what happened that night and in the process is forced to confront her boyfriend, their father, and his own secrets. THE LIAR PARADOX explores the timelessness of love, deception and identity in the Information Age.


Stick around after the reading for a casual talk back and reception with AFT artists and staff!

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by AFT Artistic Associate Kelli Simpkins

JANUARY 24th @ 7:00pm
JANUARY 25th @ 3:00pm

Center on Halsted | 3656 N Halsted St in Chicago

Kelli-squareSTANDING UNDERNEATH NIGHT AND DAY is a narrative, theatrical work in progress about youth, seniors and the gaps in between and explores the intergenerational sense of isolation in the LGBTQIA community. The piece uses a collection of 50 interviews conducted over a five month period with intergenerational members of the Chicago LGBTQIA community and those advocating for youth and seniors.

This is a workshop presentation and will be the first public reading of the beginning portions of this original work created by a team of four AFT Artistic Associates (Sara Kerastas (SK), Patrick Andrews, Kelli Simpkins and Ben Sprunger) and four other collaborators (Caitlin Kane, Judson Rose, Reed Motz and Al Evangelista) This project is written, directed and led by Artistic Associate, Kelli Simpkins.


A Beautiful View
written by Daniel MacIvor

NOVEMBER 22nd @ 3:00pm
NOVEMBER 23rd @ 7:30pm

Stage 773 | 1225 W Belmont Ave in Chicago

A BEAUTIFUL VIEW, written by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, explores love beyond the language we use to label it. This touching, comic play follows the decades-long relationship between two strong-minded women, where what began with a shared love of camping evolves over time into a bond that defies definition.

Directed by Polly Noonan
Featuring Kelli Simpkins & Elizabeth Laidlaw