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Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival

September 6 - 15, 2012

Uptown Players will present a ten day festival of plays, musicals and cabaret acts celebrating Dallas Gay Pride. The festival will kick off with a staged reading of "8", a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) on the main stage at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Based on the actual words of the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, “8″ is the real-life story of Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff, two loving couples who want to get married but can’t. Together with attorneys, David Boies & Ted Olson, and a host of expert witnesses, they take aim at Proposition 8, a discriminatory law that took away the right for LGBT couples to marry in California in 2008. As “8″ flashes in and out of the Perry court, watch both sides present the best evidence, arguments and witnesses for and against marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. "8" will be directed by Rene Moreno and will feature 21 of Dallas' best known actors and actresses.


Presented in Franks Place upstairs at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, will be a series of plays and Cabaret acts for just 3 performances each.

Tickets for all shows range from $10 - $15. Festival passes allow you to see every production excluding the staged reading of "8", for just $50. Performances will take place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater building, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd at Blackburn. Single tickets and festival passes can be purchased online at www.uptownplayers.org or by phone at 214-219-2718.

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8 - A new play

One Night Only Staged Reading

Kalita Humphreys Theater

Thursday September 6 at 8:00pm at the Kalita Humphreys Theater

Tickets Prices - $10 - $15 (Reserved Seating)

Directed by - Rene’ Moreno

Starring

Lon Barrera, Bradley Campbell, Elias Taylorson, Rick Espaillat, Linda Leonard
Patty Breckenridge, Marisa Diotalevi, Kevin Moore, Donald Fowler, Cara Serber
Barbara Beirbrier, John de los Santos, Coy Covington, Michael Serrecchia, Jason Kane,
Ryan Manalansan, Terry Vandivort , Steve Iwanski , Brandon Simmons ,
Tanner Murray , Ruby Westfall

Uptown Players, with license from the American Foundation for Equal Rights
(AFER) and Broadway Impact, is proud to announce a one-night-only reading of "8," a play chronicling the historic trial in the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8, written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter and AFER Founding Board Member Dustin Lance Black.

"8" is an unprecedented account of the Federal District Court trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger (now Perry v. Brown), the case filed by AFER to overturn Proposition 8, which stripped gay and lesbian Californians of the fundamental freedom to marry. Black, who penned the Academy Award-winning feature film Milk and the film J. Edgar, based "8" on the actual words of the trial transcripts, first-hand observations of the courtroom drama and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families.

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The Madness of Lady Bright
September 8 @ 2pm, September 9 @ 4pm, September 15 @ 8:30pm

By Lanford Wilson

Produced by 130 productions and starring Larry Randolph, the show traces the mental breakdown of Lesley Bright, an aging homosexual whose past returns to haunt him with the emptiness of the choices he made.

Cast for Madness of Lady Bright
Cassie Bann, Christopher Eastland, Larry Randolph

Directed by Morgana Shaw


The Madness of Lady Bright is a short play by Lanford Wilson, among the earliest of the gay theatre movement.It was first performed at Joe Cino's Caffe Cino in May 1964 and went on to tour internationally, appearing in revivals to the present day. It has been cited as the first Off-Off-Broadway production to receive mainstream critical attention, and earned its original lead actor, Neil Flanagan, an Obie award. The play, substantially a monologue delivered by its aging drag queen protagonist, has been characterized as among the first to portray gay characters in an unsensational way, and as one of the last of Wilson's oeuvre to make substantial use of experimental devices before his adoption of a more realist approach.

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I Google Myself
September 9 @ 2:15pm, September 13 @7:30pm, September 15 @ 4:30pm

by Jason Schafer, is a pulpy drama about the intersection of sex, violence, and a man who wants to find the meaning in his life through an internet search. What he discovers instead is that he shares a name with a porn star. It comes as no surprise that these two very different characters have more in common than it seems, but that's only revealed after increasingly absurd and violent plot twists send the play into comic terrain.

Directed by Kevin Moore

Starring - Andrews Cope, Travis Ponikiewski, Dan Schmoker

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Speech & Debate

September 7 @ 7:30pm, September 8 @ 3:30pm, September 10 @ 7:30pm

by Stephen Karam, is about three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon who discover they are linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio's connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.

Cast for Speech & Debate:
Dylan Bare, Sara Shelby-Martin, Ian Stack, Julliette Talley
Directed by Cynthia Hestand
Music Direction by Kevin Gunter
Choreography by Thomas Renner

 

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Presented as two shows in one evening are the comedy stylings
of Paul J. Williams and Marisa Diotalevi.




Still Consummate September 8 @ 6pm, September 11 @ 7:30pm, September 14 @ 7:30pm
Triple Crown Queen September 8 @ 730pm, September 11 @ 9pm, September 14 @ 9pm

Paul J. Williams presents Triple Crown Queen, his one-man show combining childhood stories, photos and videos celebrating his half century journey from Creative Child to Pink List Celebrity. Returning to the stage with a sequel of her one-woman show, Marisa Diotalevi presents Still Consummate. BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! After a several year hiatus, Marisa Diotalevi revives her award-winning one-woman musical comedy, Still Consummate (formerly known as The Consummate Woman of the 90s), on stage at the Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival. Come spend an evening with some wacky and wonderful women as they weather their way through a weary world, including a Women's Folk Music Festival and a "children's" television show. Ms. Diotalevi's one-woman show has played to sold out crowds in Dallas, Los Angeles, Provincetown, and New York City, with her NYC run actually earning her the coveted Backstage Magazine's Bistro Award. Don't miss what critics have called "a sidesplitting hysterical one-woman masterpiece, delivered impeccably by the comic genius of Marisa Diotalevi."

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Why Am I Not Gay

September 9 @ 7:30pm, September 12 @ 7:30pm, September 15 @ 2pm


by Jason Kane, is his story about growing up a fan of musical theatre. He knows that when he talks about his collection of original Broadway Cast Recordings, the season finale of Kathy Griffin, and his two cats, he should expect to be gay-tially profiled as family. This straight man is one Bette Midler concert shy of legally irrefutable proof of queerness. The show pokes fun at these dilemmas with a peppering of showtunes, pop songs, and monologues.

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In A-GAYS, Stillwater, Oklahoma

R for adult language and situations

September 8 @ 9pm, September 9@ 5:30pm, September 15 @ 6:30pm

John-Michael Colgin tells his story of coming out as a young gay man while at college at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. In his search for his first boyfriend, he fell in with a group of attractive, rich gay students, where there is an entrance policy: NO UGLIES ALLOWED. Using this story to work around the hot-topic issue of bullying, Colgin's show is about tolerance and acceptance, posing the question of acceptance within a community that wants to be accepted. A GAYS: Stillwater, Oklahoma was first presented by Nouveau 47 Theatre last spring.
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Complete Schedule

Kalita Humphreys Theater

"8" Staged Reading September 6 @ 8pm

Franks Place (upstairs at the Kalita Humphreys Theater)
Speech & Debate September 7 @ 7:30pm, September 8 @ 3:30pm, September 10 @ 7:30pm
The Madness of Lady Bright September 8 @ 2pm, September 9 @ 4pm, September 15 @ 8:30pm
Still Consummate September 8 @ 6pm, September 11 @ 7:30pm, September 14 @ 7:30pm
Triple Crown Queen September 8 @ 730pm, September 11 @ 9pm, September 14 @ 9pm
A-GAYS, Stillwater Oklahoma September 8 @ 9pm, September 9@ 5:30pm, September 15 @ 6:30pm
I Google Myself September 9 @ 2:15pm, September 13 @7:30pm, September 15 @ 4:30pm
Why Am I Not Gay? September 9 @ 7:30pm, September 12 @ 7:30pm, September 15 @ 2pm


 

 

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