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Friday, May 9, 2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Center on Halsted


Pride Films & Plays and Center on Halsted present Gay Play Weekend, including a thrilling musical about a tragedy in gay history, and a historical drama about Michelangelo. Also being presented are a murder mystery which takes place at a party where everyone is dressed as Joan Crawford, a fun piece about gay dating today, and a drama about abuse and healing.  These are the themes of the five finalists in Pride Films and Plays’ 2014 Gay Play and Musical Contest. The scripts will be staged as enhanced staged reading with movement and some design elements, done by five exciting directors: Eric Hoff, Larry Baker, John Nasca, Katherine Siegel, and Derek Van Barham.The schedule for Gay Play Weekend is:

·Friday, May 9 at 7pm The View UpStairs by Max Vernon; directed by Eric Hoff

The View UpStairs is an original musical inspired by the UpStairs Lounge Fire- a little known arson attack that occurred in 1973 in New Orleans. To this day it remains the worst massacre in US LGBT history.

Max Vernon is a composer/lyricist, playwright, and performer based out of NYC. His work has been praised in New York Magazine, The New Yorker, W, Out Magazine, among others. His musicals include Wired (Ars Nova, Eugene O’Neill Conference Finalist, NAMT finalist) The View UpStairs (NYU-Tisch, Two River Theater, Joe’s Pub, Weston New Musical Award Nominee), and Sugarbaby (Joe’s Pub). He is a 2013-2014 Dramatist Guild Theater Fellow.

Eric Hoff is an Artistic Associate with About Face Theatre, credits include Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre and 59E59. Chicago credits include Steppenwolf Garage and Red Tape Theatre. Has developed new plays at Goodman, New York Theatre Workshop and NYU. 

·Saturday, May 10 at 2pm Michelangelo and Tommaso by James Rosenfield; directed by Katherine Siegel

·Saturday, May 10 at 7:00pm Who Killed Joan Crawford? by Michael Leeds; directed by John Nasca

·Sunday, May 11 at 11am, The Book of Andy by Michael J. Mejia; directed by Derek Van Barham

·Sunday, May 11 at 3pm, Gentle Passage by Paul Elliott; directed by Larry Baker

Tickets for each performance are $10, or $5 for students and seniors over 62.  Industry tickets are pay-what-you-can for all performances. For tickets visit

For more information on contests or productions, visit

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