Pride Film & Plays Kicks Off Pride With THE BOYS UPSTAIRS

(L to R)( Harris, Henderson, Meierdiercks, and Rodriguez

(L to R)( Harris, Henderson, Meierdiercks, and Rodriguez

Pride Films and Plays is thrilled to present the Chicago premiere of Jason Mitchell’s zesty comedy The Boys Upstairs which The Village Voice called ‘Sex in the City meets Boys in the Band.’  PFP Artistic Associate Nelson Rodriguez leads a cast of including Gary Henderson as Seth, Jordan Dell Harris as Eric, and PFP Company Member Luke Meierdiercks playing a variety of different roles. PFP Executive Director David Zak directs.

The Boys Upstairs welcomes you into the living room of Josh and Seth, awaiting the arrival of Ashley, the third of our gay musketeers. In a series of short scenes, we see the personal and professional thrills and disappointments, tops and bottoms that Hell’s Kitchen has to offer. Just when the men settle into their usual rhythm of celebrating life and then analyzing it the next morning, they are all thrown for a loop when a new neighbor moves in below. The “is he or isn’t he” question is just one of many that these city boys ponder with style, scandal, and specialty cocktails!

The Boys Upstairs previews Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20 at 7:00PM. The press opening is Sat, May 21 at 7:00PM. Thereafter, the performances schedule Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00PM and Sunday at 5:00PM. Closing is July 2. Please note there are NO performances on Sunday June 5, Friday June 10, Saturday June 11, Sunday June 12, and Sunday June 26. There are additional performances scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday June 6, 7, and 8 at 7:00PM.  Tickets are $25 for Monday through Thursday performances and $30 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are discounts for students and seniors. And PFP also offers a Four Play Pass to see four shows for $80. Purchase tickets or passes at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or by calling 1 800 737 0984.

Jason Mitchell is thrilled that The Boys Upstairs is continuing to reach new audiences. It premiered in 2009 New York International Fringe Festival and since has played the Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles and the Above the Stag Theatre in London. Jason’s first play, The Red Box, is a love story of a different genre that premiered in ’06 at Walkerspace. It continues to be presented in university settings as it investigates the subject of homosexual persecution during the Holocaust, a subject Jason has studied and lectured on around the world. Jason is also a wedding planner and author having recently published his first book GETTING GROOMED: THE ULTIMATE WEDDING PLANNER FOR GAY GROOMS. Jason attended the conservatory New World School of the Arts in Miami and graduated magna cum laude with a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Florida.  He currently works for Shiraz Events as their resident wedding planner.www.jasonmitchell.info

About Pride Films and Plays

The mission of Pride Films and Plays is to change lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity.”

PFP’s current season began with Ten Dollar House at Piccolo Theatre. It will continue with Raggedy And at Rivendell Theatre from March 10 to April 10. The Boys Upstairs at Mary’s Attic from May 21 to July 2, will be followed by another new work to be announced, and the year concludes with the world premiere of Resolution at Rivendell October 20 to November 20.

In addition, our script and screenplay development programs continue throughout the year at Center on Halsted, including Gay Play Weekend (April 22-24), LezPlay (October 7-9) featuring plays and screenplays written by women with lesbian characters or themes, and Gay Film Weekend (November 11-13) featuring LGBTQ+ screenplays and screenings.

Other special events include Boys in Briefs: At the Beach! is February 21, March 29, and April 26 at Uptown Underground. LezPlay Film Festival is February 22 and Queer Bits AltReels is April 25 at Public House Theatre. Nominee Night which celebrates all Chicago theater is May 17 at Sidetrack.

Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, and the AmazonSmile Foundation. PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the Chicago Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, The League of Chicago Theaters, and the Central Lakeview Merchants Association.
For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1 800 737 0984.