Tag: John Francisco

Wednesday, December 11, 1:43 PM written by EmilyHaha

WE THREE LIZAS is a Hit, Hit, Hit!


“For those in search of a little holiday irreverence, the revamped vamps of WE THREE LIZAS could be singing your new favorite carol.”

-Kris Vire, Time Out Chicago

“If you admire new music for theater, you won’t regret going to Stage 773.”

-Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Scott Bradley and Alan Schmuckler’s gay riff on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic is a glitzy, over-the-top spectacular.”

-Chicago Theatre Review

“We Three Lizas most definitely rewards with its message of being true not only to one’s creative impulses, but to the loved ones around you who offer support and encouragement.”

-Windy City Times

“I’m dreaming of a Hot-Hot-Hot Christmas, and WE THREE LIZAS can handle the temperature.”


“The show rightfully deserves to be an annual holiday tradition.”

-Broadway World

WE THREE LIZAS runs now through January 5th at Stage 773.



Book & Lyrics by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley
Music & Additional Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Ferguson
Choreography by Patrick Andrews
Musical Direction by Aaron Benham

WE THREE LIZAS  features many of the original cast members including Scott Duff*John Francisco*Sharriese Hamilton, Danielle Plisz (Jeff Award-nominated), Dana Tretta and Andrew Swan in addition to newcomers Mark David KaplanJames Nedrud and Bethany Thomas. Musicians include Aaron Benham (piano/conductor), Jed Feder (drums) and Debra Johnson (bass).  *Denotes AFT Artistic Associates.

The production team for WE THREE LIZAS includes: Jerre Dye (set design), Mieka van der Ploeg and Robert S. Kuhn (costume design), Mac Vaughey (lighting design), Josh Horvath (sound design), Eleanor Kahn (properties design), Davis McCarty (projections design) and Helen Lattyak (stage manager).

Tickets $45 adults/$20 students. Group discounts available. Tickets are available online, in person at the Stage 773 Box Office (1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago) or by calling (773) 327-5252.  Additional processing fees apply for phone and internet orders.

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Tuesday, July 2, 10:05 AM written by EmilyHaha

Enjoy Special Scenes from THE PRIDE

Over the next two weeks we’ll be sharing special clips from THE PRIDE with you.  If you’ve already seen the play, we hope you enjoy revisiting some of our favorite scenes.  If you haven’t seen it yet…what are you waiting for?!  We promise not to give away too much in these scenes but if you want to be surprised, you probably don’t want to watch them.

What we can say with certainty is that seeing the entire performance in person is a powerful experience you won’t soon forget.  And now, enjoy…

Scenes from THE PRIDE Part 1: In 1958, Oliver arrives at the home of Sylvia and Philip for a quick drink before the trio heads out for dinner.

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

THE PRIDE is a Smash Hit!


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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Monday, June 3, 12:00 PM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Cast of THE PRIDE: John Francisco

About Face Theatre is proud to present the Chicago premiere of THE PRIDE, June 6 – July 13, 2013 at Victory Gardens’ Richard Christiansen Theater.  Set in London, Alexi Kaye Campbell’s time-shifting play THE PRIDE is a sharp, witty portrait of urban gay couples and the punishing consequences of liberation.

In celebration of this play and Pride Month, we’re bringing you the bios of the amazing cast and crew of THE PRIDE over the next couple of weeks. We hope you enjoy getting to know them!

JOHN FRANCISCO (Phillip) is an Artistic Associate at About Face, having previously performed in We Three Lizas and The Homosexuals.  He also produced the latest incarnation of XYZReadings with fellow associate Jacob Patron.  He’s worked with Victory Gardens, ShawChicago, Porchlight Music Theatre, Peninsula Players, Piven Theatre Workshop, Strawdog Theatre, House Theatre, Noble Fool and Pegasus Players. John is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf and the University of Georgia. John works with Chicago Children’s Theatre, collaborating with Artistic Director Jacqui Russell in creating theatre pieces for children with autism and with Old Town School of Folk Music, teaching music to infants, toddlers, and kids with behavioral problems.  Also he writes about monsters – www.themonsterweekly.com

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