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Monday, June 17, 6:50 PM written by EmilyHaha

THE PRIDE is a Smash Hit!

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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 Saturday, July 28, 2013.

Two story lines, fifty years apart. Set in London, the time-shifting play THE PRIDE is a sharp, witty portrait of urban gay couples and the punishing consequences of liberation.  THE PRIDE is JEFF RECOMMENDED and features AFT Artistic Associates Patrick Andrews, John Francisco and Benjamin Sprunger with Jessie Fisher.

Regular run tickets are $30 if you purchase them by July 13 but go up to $40 on July 18.  That means you”d better buy them this week!  Student tickets are $15, and group rates are available.

Here”s what they”re saying about THE PRIDE:

“Metzgar catches the melancholy present in the writing and also the visual link between past and present, linked by the various identities we must wear, sometimes of our choosing, sometimes not at all…There”s no show to better honor pride week in Chicago.” – Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Bonnie Metzgar”s sensitive production—her final act as About Face Theatre”s outgoing artistic director—fluidly navigates the tricky shifts between scenes and periods…Metzgar”s cast is equally remarkable…The Pride”s takeaway is how extraordinarily far we”ve come, and how far we”ve yet to go.” –Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“The script enables Francisco and Andrews to switch places of power and it’s effective…Both actors bring empathy to their characters’ logic, making their decisions accessible and infuriating.” – Lisa Buscani, Newcity

“Under the masterful direction of Bonnie Metzgar, the acting is in one word: *excellent*…THE PRIDE is a living memorial to the past, present and future GLBT community.” – Katy Walsh, Chicago Now

THE PRIDE is on stage now – Saturday, July 13, 2013.
Show Times: Thursdays 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 will not be a performance on Sunday, July 14.
Tickets: $30. $15 students. Group rates available.
Tickets are available or by calling the Victory Gardens Box Office at (773) 871-3000.

Enjoy these these special videos from the cast and scroll down for more pics!

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Friday, June 14, 8:54 AM written by EmilyHaha

Chicago Premiere of THE PRIDE is Jeff Recommended!

We’re thrilled to share that THE PRIDE – by Alexi Kaye Campbell – has been Jeff Recommended, a prestigious honor awarded by the Jeff Awards.  Congratulations to the amazing cast and crew, and especially to outgoing Artistic Director and THE PRIDE Director Bonnie Metzgar!  We’re so proud of their hard work on this powerful, moving play.

Last night’s amazing opening night was a testament About Face Theatre’s mission to create exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays to advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity, and to challenge and entertain audiences in Chicago, across the country, and around the world.  Thank you to everyone who has made THE PRIDE possible.

Get your tickets now before they’re gone!

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

About Face Theatre Presents the Chicago Premiere of THE PRIDE

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

EXTENDED TO JULY 28TH!

Tickets are on sale now!

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).

Title: THE PRIDE
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.

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Monday, May 6, 12:14 PM written by EmilyHaha

WONKA BALL 2013 Raises $85,000 for AFT Programming and Youth Theatre

About Face Theatre’s

WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Raises $85,000 for AFT Programming and Youth Theatre

CHICAGO (May 1, 2013) – Nearly 450 guests gathered for a three-ring party of of colossal entertainment and excessive elegance at About Face Theatre’s WONKA BALL 2013: CIRCUS MAXIMUS on Friday, April 26 at Chicago’s Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Lincoln Ave. The company’s 17th annual gala raised more than $85,000 for About Face Theatre programming, including its groundbreaking Youth Theatre.  Guests were also introduced to AFT’s newly-announced Artistic Director, Andrew Volkoff, who succeeds outgoing Artistic Director Bonnie Metzgar this spring.

Greeted by fire dancers, stilt walkers, a swinging mermaid and other sideshow entertainers, guests made their way into the giant red and yellow Wonka Big Top. Following an exclusive Ringmaster’s VIP cocktail reception, partiers spilled into the playfully decorated venue for spirits and scrumptious samplings at tasting stations and an opportunity to bid on tempting silent auction items. Partygoers enjoyed non-stop entertainment, including opera tenor Scott Ramsay, a marching band, belly dancers, contortionists and more. Revelers capped off the evening with dancing to the tunes of DJ Swaguerilla.

The 2013 Leppen Leadership Awards were presented to Mary F. Morten and the Office of Alderman Cappleman and Uptown United.  Named for About Face Youth Theatre supporter Michael Leppen, the annual awards recognize those whose efforts on behalf of About Face Theatre and the LGBTQA community empower youth leaders to take action and encourage LGBTQA adults and youth to create intergenerational dialogue and understanding.

Nemo Serges was the recipient of the About Face Youth Theatre 2013 MVP Award, given annually to an outstanding youth theatre ensemble member for exceptional service to the company and to the greater LGBTQ community. The recipient has proven herself or himself to be exceptionally dedicated to the mission of our work and has gone beyond her or his duties as an ensemble member to better the experience of other Youth Theatre participants.

The WONKA BALL 2013 was co-chaired by board members Billy Lullo and Benjamin SprungerThe 2013 Planning Committee also included board members Robert Abernathy and Drew Kent (VIP Party Co-Chairs); board member Amy Hutchison and associate board member Kristen Kaza (Silent Auction Co-Chairs); and Andrea A. Cedusky (Event Consultant); and Barbara Lee Cohen (Creative Director for Talent).

Proceeds from the annual WONKA BALL support About Face Theatre programming including its groundbreaking Youth Theatre, which creates critically acclaimed new work by and about LGBTQA youth and their allies.  The Youth Theatre has performed on major stages across the country and, through its outreach tour, changes the lives of thousands of young people each year.  AFT also boasts its annual, award-winning main stage season and the ambitious XYZ Festival of New Works.

Wonka Ball 2013 Corporate Sponsors included: BMO Harris Bank, Sidetrack and BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.

Photo Copyright © 2013 Timmy Samuel

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