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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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Thursday, June 6, 8:06 AM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Cast of THE PRIDE: Jessie Fisher

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!

JESSIE FISHER (Sylvia) is thrilled to be working with About Face for the first time. Chicago credits include: 33 Variations with TimeLine, SS! Taming of the Shrew with Chicago Shakespeare,Cloud Nine with the Gift, The Original Grease, Its a Wonderful Life, Speed the Plow at American Theatre Company, Of Mice and Men at Steppenwolf, Frankenstein and Cabaretwith The Hypocrites (Jeff Award), These Shining Lives with Rivendell and My Name is Rachel Corrie with Purple Bench. She has also worked with Lookingglass, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Noble Fool, Profiles and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Television credit: Boss (Starz). She teaches with Black Box Acting Studio and has trained at the School at Steppenwolf. Jessie is represented by Paonessa Talent Agency.

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Wednesday, June 5, 9:25 AM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Cast of THE PRIDE: Benjamin Sprunger

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!

BENJAMIN SPRUNGER (Man, Doctor, Peter) most recently appeared as a grieving father, a rockabilly rat, and a teddy bear sheriff in House Theatre of Chicago’s Nutcracker. Other Chicago credits include 16th Street, Goodman, Strawdog, TimeLine, LiveWire, Steppenwolf, Griffin, Steep, Pegasus, CityLit, and Bailiwick.  In Los Angeles, Ben worked with Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, and The Blank among others.  Additionally, he is featured on the Do I Hear a Waltz? new cast recording (alongside Carol Lawrence and Tony Award winner Anthony Crivello) and has appeared on the television shows Will & Grace, Passions and It’s All Relative.  The Pride is Ben’s seventh production with About Face where he is also an artistic associate and board member.  More information at www.benjaminsprunger.com.

 

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Tuesday, June 4, 8:45 AM written by EmilyHaha

Meet the Cast of THE PRIDE: Patrick Andrews

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!

PATRICK ANDREWS  (Oliver) As an Artistic Associate of About Face Theatre credits include THE HOMOSEXUALS, STUPID KIDS, and choreographing WE 3 LIZA’S and QUEERTOPIA.  Goodman Theatre credits include THE ICEMAN COMETH, RED (co-production with Arena Stage, DC) and THE ACTOR.  Steppenwolf credits include AMERICAN BUFFALO (co-production with The McCarter Theatre, Princeton) and THE BOOK THIEF.  Patrick performed in Writer’s Theatre’s DO THE HUSTLE and was last seen in the revival of METAMORPHOSES at Lookingglass Theatre.  As an ensemble member of American Theatre Company credits include ESCAPE, THE PEOPLE’S TEMPLE, and SPEECH AND DEBATE.   Other credits include THE SPARROW with The House Theatre, DORIAN with The Bailiwick Theatre, choreographing CHERRYWOOD for Mary Arrchie Theatre and GO, DOG. GO! for Chicago Children’s Theatre.  Selected musical credits include CABARET at Drury Lane Theatre, SAVED at Kansas City Repertory, THE SNOW QUEEN at Victory Gardens Theatre, WEST SIDE STORY at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and the National Tour of FOSSE. On television he’s appeared on THE CHICAGO CODE and CHICAGO FIRE.  Patrick is a member of the multi-city artist collective Goldmine and the queer-electro-f**k band BAATHHAUS. www.baathhaus.com

 

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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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Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 AM written by EmilyHaha

About Face Theatre Presents a Remount of WHAT’S THE T?

About Face Theatre Presents a Remount of

WHAT’S THE T?

By Sara Kerastas & The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble

Directed by Artistic Associate Eric Hoff

May 19 – June 2, 2013

CHICAGO (April 11, 2013) About Face Theatre is pleased to present a remount of its wildly popular Youth Ensemble world premiere WHAT’S THE T? by Sara Kerastas and The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble, directed by Artistic Associate Eric Hoff, playing May 19 – June 2, 2013 at the Prince Charitable Trusts Rehearsal Room at Victory Gardens Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave., in Chicago. The production features members of the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble. Tickets are available at www.aboutfacetheatre.com or at the door. The press performance is Sunday, May 19 at 3 pm.

Internet personality/trans activist/fierce community leader Ms. Ma uses her YouTube page to create community, serve glamour and spread the good word about queer safe spaces in Chicago. WHAT”S THE T? tells the story of Ms. Ma”s tangled web of connections, her struggle to stay positive and what happens to her community when she disappears. Inspired by issues of race, gender, age and class in Chicago’s “Boystown,” WHAT”S THE T? is based on true stories and interviews from LGBTQA youth and adults in and around Chicago.

WHAT’S THE T? began with the theme of trans identity, but after year-one, the youth ensemble chose to take it a step further by using this theme to address the significant tensions arising in the queer community. As such, the play examines issues of race, gender, class and age in the queer community, with trans characters at the heart of the story. For 13 years, the Youth Theatre has sought changes within the larger community through innovative thought, dialogue, and performance. AFYT hopes to move their ensemble from positions of marginalization into positions of inclusion and power.

“There’s a whole storyline in the play that takes place on the Internet – with two people documenting their lives through YouTube videos, and ultimately building a relationship in that digital elusive space,” comments playwright Sara Kerastas. “This play is so right now. The story speaks to how we communicate right now. How we build, how we own, and how we use space right now.”

The production team for WHAT’S THE T? includes: John Holt (set design/technical director), Mieka van der Ploeg (costume design), Jeff Glass (lighting design/production manager), Erik Roldan (sound design), Liviu Pasare (projections design), Nic K (choreography), Rupert Priniski (production coordinator) and John Rooney (stage manager).

Title: WHAT’S THE T?
Playwright: Sara Kerastas and The About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble
Director: Artistic Associate Eric Hoff
Featuring: About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble members
Location: Prince Charitable Trusts Rehearsal Room at Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.
Dates: Press Opening: Sunday, May 19 at 3 pm
Regular Run: Friday, May 24 – Sunday, June 2
Curtain Times: Fridays at Saturdays at 7 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Note: there will an added 3 pm performance on Saturday, June 1.
Tickets: $15. $5 youth tickets; $25 AFYT Support Ticket.
Tickets for WHAT’S THE T? are  or at the door.

BIOGRAPHIES

Sara Kerastas (Playwright/Creator) is the Education Programs Director for About Face Theatre, where she manages the Education Outreach program and directs the Queer Youth Theatre.  She is also an Artistic Associate with About Face Theatre.  Across Canada, she has directed with Pi Theatre, The Havana, Le Cagibi, F4L Productions and Théâtre Ste. Catherine.  In 2010 she received a Windy City Times 30-Under-30 Award for her leadership within and contributions to Chicago’s LGBT community.  She is a founding member of the Pride Youth Theatre Alliance, and will be mentoring an emerging queer youth theatre program with Creative Action Theatre this year in Austin, Texas.  She is a proud member of the queer performance collective GOLDMINE.  She received her BA in English-Drama & Theatre and Women’s Studies from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.  Sara is a regular storyteller and former Associate Artistic Director of 2nd Story, and is published in their new anthology, “Briefly Knocked Unconscious by a Low-Flying Duck: Stories from 2nd Story,” with Elephant Rock Books.

Eric Hoff (Director) is a proud Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre, advancing the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity. For AFT, he directed WHAT”S THE T? in Summer 2012. Eric produced over thirty events for The Woyzeck Project, he served as dramaturg for Pony, and he co-conceived and will produce Revival this summer. Eric directed & developed Ike Holter”s Hit the Wall in Chicago at both The Steppenwolf Garage and Theatre on the Lake. He then directed the off-Broadway production at Barrow Street Theatre, just steps from The Stonewall Inn. Other Chicago credits: The Skriker, Ruby Wilder, (a)Symmetry Cycle. He has worked with Goodman, Court, Hypocrites, Steep, Playwrights Horizons, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Alumnus: Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Co-Founder: The Accidentals. Eric lives in Chicago and New York City.

The About Face Youth Theatre (AFYT) was created in 1998 as a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and allied young people to become activists and theatre-makers. Youth participants engage in a two-year process of sharing stories, conducting interviews, writing a script, and developing performances to create a full-length production that is produced in About Face Theatre’s mainstage season.

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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