Pride Arts Center (PAC), home to Pride Films and Plays (PFP), has been producing a variety of shows each month, but this summer will be their first ever Theatre for Young Audiences production.
PAC delightedly presents PRIDE EVER AFTER, a charming 45-minute show for ages 10 and up, which enlightens and entertains as four actors play more than 20 characters! PRIDE EVER AFTER is directed by PFP Artistic Associate Amber Snyder with guest artist Lesley Fisher Chapman as assistant director. This physical comedy romp will feature Myesha-Tiara McGarner, Kendra Verhage, Matthew Towers and Shea Lee.
PRIDE EVER AFTER explores what it means to add pride to familiar “Happily Ever After” tales and looks at the world through rainbow-colored lenses. Written by Carly Crawford, associate education director at Emerald City Theater, PRIDE EVER AFTER is open to creative directorial interpretation while purposefully written to address LGBTQIA+ themes in a fun and friendly way. Each performance will end with a Q&A with the cast. This production is new to many and PAC is excited and ready to start a trend.
PRIDE EVER AFTER opens Saturday, July 8th at 2pm at The Broadway, Pride Arts Center (4139 North Broadway) and will continue to run every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm through July 30th. General Admission tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested donation of $5. Tickets can be reserved online at www.pridefilmsandplays.com or http://bit.ly/2PrideEverAfter2.
PRIDE EVER AFTER
By Carly Crawford
Directed by Amber Ray Snyder
July 8 - 30, 2017
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center
4139 N. Broadway
Ticket prices – pay-what-you-can, $5 donation suggested
Tickets on sale at http://bit.ly/2PrideEverAfter2 or www.pridefilmsandplays.com
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Matthew Towers is elated to be a part of such a progressive theatre show to enlighten young minds. Matt was just recently cast as Brad, one of the Nicest Kids in Town, in a HAIRSPRAY reunion show. He is no stranger to the stage as he also played a plethora of characters in shows such as WAITING FOR GODOT, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, LEGALLY BLONDE, ANYTHING GOES, ALMOST, MAINE and many more! Matt's favorite animal is a Zebra and his friends call him Matty
Kendra Verhage is new to the Chicago Theatre scene, coming from Minnesota. Some of her favorite roles include Grandma in THE ADDAMS FAMILY: THE MUSICAL and Rosaura in LIFE IS A DREAM. When not on stage you can find her lifting barbells, drinking coffee, and hanging out with her wife and dog.
Shea Lee is a rising senior studying musical theatre at Northwestern University. Some of her favorite credits at school include A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, HAIR, and THIS IS NOT A TRUE STORY. She also produces a theatre troupe on campus and likes to play Chaser for the Northwestern Kneazles, the university's Quidditch team. In her spare time, Shea loves playing on swing sets after dark and watching Doctor Who episodes with her guinea pig, Aster.
Myesha-Tiara McGarner hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She found her love for acting at the age of five during an after-school program and hasn't looked back since. She enrolled in Northwestern State University, where in her sophomore year she was featured in the Oscar winning film 12 Years a Slave. While attending NSU Myesha-Tiara also discovered her love for directing and received her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Performance and Directing. She loves yoga and reading.
CREATIVE TEAM BIOS
Amber Ray Snyder (Director) has performed, taught and directed with various companies and schools in Chicago as well as Texas, Iowa, Tennessee, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Florida and South Korea. Her most recent directing endeavor was through Olive Juice Theatre’s first production of Jason and the Argonauts, an interactive musical family adventure. The production made its mark at the Kansas City Fringe Festival and Elgin Fringe festival, where it received “Fringe Favorite Performing”. She is excited about Pride Films and Plays taking this next step with Theatre for Young Audiences. It’s an invaluable opportunity for all. You can also find Amber drinking coffee and watching old cartoons on Saturday mornings.
Lesley Fisher Chapman (Assistant Director) is a Chicago-based theatre teacher and director. During the day, she teaches awesome classes, residencies and directs shows with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop. At night, she directs, stage manages and prances around stages with all sorts of great companies including Clock Productions, The Actors Gymnasium, Pursuit Productions and Stage Left Theatre. In between, she is a huge fan of television shows, riding her bike, playing PS4, yelling about sports and baking. Thank you to her favorite snuggle buddies CJ, Benedict Cumberscratch and Tallulah Bankhead.
ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS
Pride Films and Plays changes 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. The company produces a four-play season of full productions, shoots one short film each year, and continues our famed play developmental projects. PFP is the principal tenant in Pride Arts Center.
Pride Arts Center, in its own right, produces events complimenting the PFP vision, including dance, cabaret, film, and more. Events can be one-night or limited run productions, or feature national treasures like Charles Busch. PAC occupies The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway, which has 85 seats, and The Buena, which has 50 seats at 4147 N Broadway. PAC is also the home of Red Tape Theater.
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, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation, Arts and Business Council, and Alphawood Foundation.
PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Northhalsted Business Association, Uptown United, and The League of Chicago Theatres.
For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1.800.737.0984.
ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER
Pride Arts Center (PAC) opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats, and it is run by Pride Films and Plays. PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, SheFest and the 525,600 Minutes Cabaret. Additional tenants in 2017 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, 20% Productions, About Face Youth Theater, Another Door Productions, and of course Pride Films and Plays.
For more information about space at Pride Arts Center, visit www.prideartscenter.com, or www.pridefilmsandplays.com.