Tag: Harrison David Rivers

Thursday, January 16, 1:01 PM written by EmilyHaha

AFT’s OUT FRONT Series: when last we flew

About Face Theatre’s OUT FRONT SERIES Presents

when last we flew

By Harrison David Rivers

Directed by Lisa Portes

January 25 & 26, 2014 at Stage 773


We’re pleased to continue our OUT FRONT SERIES, a year-round collection of free public readings and developmental workshops, with when last we flew by Harrison David Rivers, directed by Lisa Portes, playing Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, January 26 at 3 pm at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago.

when last we flew will feature About Face Artistic Associate Kelli Simpkins with Nathan Cooper, Ashleigh Lathrop, Jerry McKinnon, Sean Parris, and others.

Inspired by Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and a testament to the power of theatre, when last we flew is a moving and often humorous look at life in small town America from a contemporary teenage perspective.  After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom to begin reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas town are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…

The OUT FRONT SERIES is FREE: however, reservations are strongly recommended. Click here to reserve your seats online or call (773) 784-8565.

About the Playwright:

Harrison David Rivers is a Harlem based playwright. His play when last we flew (About Face Theatre, Diversionary Theatre, NYFringe, Sundance Theatre Lab, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab) received the 2011 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Off Off Broadway Play, the 2010 FringeNYC Excellence in Playwriting Award and was named one of the Top 10 LGBTQ 2010 FringeNYC productions by The Advocate. Other plays include: The Bandaged Place (Aurora Theatre Company Global Age Project, Classical Theater of Harlem, Harlem Stage, New York Theatre Workshop/Dartmouth); lydie, or (s)he who looks inside, awakes (Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, Williamstown, New Dramatists); Sweet (New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater); And She Said, He Said, I Said Yes (Joe’s Pub, HERE Arts Center); We Are Misquoted Texts (Under St. Marks, 3-Legged Dog, Dixon Place); Jack Perry is Alive (And Dating) (New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ars Nova ANT Fest); THE SEA & THE STARS (National Black Theatre); and Look Upon Our Lowliness (New York Theatre Workshop, The Movement Theatre Company). Harrison’s short plays have been produced at The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater, Atlantic Stage 2, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Dixon Place, the 45th Street Theater, Harlem School for the Arts and the American Airlines Theater on Broadway. His monologue play Not Resentful At All was presented as part of Headlong Theatre Company’s 2011 production of Decade directed by Rupert Goold. The piece is also published in “Decade: An Anthology of New Plays About the Legacy of 9/11”. Harrison is the recipient of Van Lier (New Dramatists) and Emerging Artist of Color Fellowships (New York Theatre Workshop) and the John Golden Playwriting Award. He was a finalist for the Alec Baldwin Singers Forum Fellowship, the New York Stage & Film Founder’s Award, the Old Vic/New Voices US/UK Playwrights Exchange and a semi-finalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Harrison is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and an alumnus of the 2012-13 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. MFA, Columbia University.

About the Director

Lisa Portes serves a head of directing at the Theatre School at DePaul University and artistic director of Chicago Playworks for Young Audiences.  Primarily a director of new American work, her recent projects include: Concerning Strange Devices from the Distant West by Naomi Iizuka (Timeline Theatre), the world premieres of Ghostwritten by Naomi Iizuka (Goodman Theatre), After 100 Years by Naomi Iizuka (Guthrie Theatre) and Night Over Erzinga by Adriana Sevahn-Nichols (Silk Road Rising).  Other Chicago credits include: Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Steppenwolf Garage with Teatro Vista and Rivendell Theatre Ensemble), Ski Dubai by Laura Jacqmin and Spare Change by Mia McCullough (Steppenwolf, First Look Rep), Permanent Collection by Thomas Gibbons (Northlight Theatre), The Piano Teacher by Julia Cho, In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks and Far Away by Caryl Churchill (Next Theatre), and Offspring of the Cold War by Carlos Murillo (Walkabout Theatre).  New York credits include: Wilder by Erin Cressida Wilson and the Red Clay Ramblers (Playwrights Horizons), How to Write While You Sleep by Madeleine Olnek, Hurricane by Erin Wilson and Fur by Migdalia Cruz (Soho Rep).  A director of new American plays and musicals, Lisa has directed numerous readings and workshops in such development programs as Sundance Summer Theatre Lab, Vineyard Arts Project, Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New Stages at Goodman Theatre, New Work Now at the Public Theatre, Mondays@3 at New York Theatre Workshop, the Cherry Lane Alternative, Hispanic Playwrights Project at South Coast Repertory Theatre, the McCarter Theatre Lab, and the Cape Cod Theatre Project.  Lisa served as the associate director for the Tony Award-winning musical, The Who’s Tommy mounting its international productions in Canada, the U.K., and Germany.  Awards include the NEA/TCG Career Development Grant, the Drama League Directing Fellowship and a Fulbright/Hays award. Lisa received her MFA in directing from the University of California, San Diego.

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Wednesday, September 11, 11:56 PM written by EmilyHaha

Announcing About Face Theatre’s 2013-2014 Programming!

This spring, About Face Theatre is proud to present the Chicago premiere of Aditi Brennan Kapil’s stand-up comedy play, BRAHMAN/I: A ONE-HIJRA STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW, exploring gender, culture, mythology and puberty all through the lens of a hijra, an Indian intersex person.

In the summer, About Face Youth Theatre investigates the intersection of immigration and queer identity in the world premiere of CHECKING BOXES.

Our 2013-14 offerings also feature the OUT FRONT Series, a year-round line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works by LGBTQA playwrights, as well as a month-long PRIDE CABARET Music Series in June 2014.

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The About Face Theatre 2013–14 programming includes:

November 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014
The Return of the Hit Holiday Musical
Book and Lyrics by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley
Music & Additional Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Ferguson
Musical Direction by Aaron Benham
Choreography by AFT Artistic Associate Patrick Andrews
Featuring AFT Artistic Associates Scott Duff and John Francisco with Sharriese Hamilton, Mark David Kaplan, James Nedrud, Danielle Plisz (Jeff Award nominated), Bethany Thomas, Dana Tretta and Andrew Swan.
at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

Fresh from a concert at Joe’s Pub in New York City with a revamped book and expanded score, last year’s sparkly, queer holiday hit is back… and better than ever!  Box maker Conrad Ticklebottom’s life has hit a block. Once, Conrad and his purple box ignited an entire movement in art and design, but now he finds himself alone, forgotten and teetering on ruin. The holidays bring three magical figures to his door – a trio of Liza Minnellis to escort him on a fabulous journey through what-was, what-could-be and what-the-f*?!, redeeming his lost promise and re-inventing a brand-new Conrad Ticklebottom.  A quirky holiday musical tale of hope, transformation… and the power of Liza!

March/April 2014
The Chicago Premiere of
By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Collective Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff
Location TBA

This hilarious stand-up comedy routine/play takes on history, mythology, gender roles and high school through the distinct comic lens of Brahman/i, an Indian intersex person – a hijra – tethered by neither gender nor culture, and wildly curious and inventive in their examination of both.

Aditi Brennan Kapil is a writer, actress and director of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden and resides in Minneapolis, MN. She performs extensively around the country and her writing has been produced nationally to critical acclaim. Her play Love Person received the 2009 Stavis Playwriting Award, and her play, Agnes Under the Big Top, a tall tale, was selected as a Distinguished New Play Development project by the NEA as administered by Arena Stage.  Her most recent work is the “Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy,” consisting of the plays Brahman/i, The Chronicles of Kalki and Shiv.  Aditi is currently working on commissions with Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and South Coast Repertory Theatre, and is a resident artist at Mixed Blood Theatre, an artistic associate at Park Square Theatre and a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.

About Face’s OUT FRONT Series
A year round line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works, including:
BILLIE AND BILLY by AFT Artistic Associate Paul Oakley Stovall
7:30PM – Saturday, November 16, 2013 and Sunday, November 17, 2013
American Theatre Company, 1909 West Byron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60613
Tickets are FREE!

The divide between different cultures and ethnicities, between men and women, between straight and gay in America can be a great one.  Using only two characters, Paul Oakley Stovall aims to present what seems to be a tiny little drama, set in a small city apartment and the empty flat across the hall.  As Billie and Billy form an unexpected bond, their lives begin to intersect in strange ways. The audience is invited to explore with them: our need for companionship, our desire to solve the mysteries of existence and the ways in which we see ourselves in the eyes of others.  Billie and Billy explores the similarities ignored, our common needs and desires and the mutual ground we walk upon.

January 25 & 26, 2014
when last we flew by Harrison David Rivers
Location TBA

Inspired by Tony Kushner’s Angels in America and a testament to the power of theatre, when last we flew is a moving and often humorous look at life in small town America from a contemporary teenage perspective.  After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom to begin reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas town are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…

June 2014
Location TBA

To commemorate Pride Month, every weekend in June, About Face Theatre will be hosting a series of cabaret performances celebrating every aspect of the LGBTQA community.  From showtunes and standards to comedy to new music to open mics, we’ll be serving up the fun as we invite our community to join with us in making Pride laugh, sing and sparkle!

July 2014
The World Premiere of
By the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble
Location TBA

Every two years, About Face’s acclaimed Youth Theatre devises a play as the result of workshops, in depth interviews, theatre training and improvisation.  Working with a professional writer and director, they produce plays that tackle challenging topics ranging from anti-gay violence to safe spaces for youth in the LGBTQA community.  This year, AFYT turns its attention to an exploration of immigration in the queer community.  Building off the work that they created in this summer’s research filled Youth Intensive, they’ll be bringing this brand new play to Chicagoans in July 2014.

About Face Theatre (Andrew Volkoff, Artistic Director) 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 48 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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