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Seventeen New Plays And Musicals  

With LGBT Themes Or Characters

Are Named Semi-finalists In Pride Films and Plays 2014

Great Gay Play and Musical Contest

A slate of 17 vibrant and kinetic new LGBT scripts and musicals have emerged as Semi-Finalists in Pride Films and Plays 2014 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest. They come from writers across the United States and Great Britain, and have been read by several dozen film and theater professionals.  


The semi-finalists are:
  • All Around the Mulberry Bush by Tate A. Geborkoff
  • The Book Of Andy by Michael J. Mejia 
  • Commander by Mario Correa
  • Eye Of The Storm,book and co-composer/lyrics by McKinley Johnson, co-composers/lyrics by David Taylor and Marshall Titus
  • The First Step by Michael Leeds
  • Gentle Passage by Paul Elliott
  • The Glass Protégé by Dylan Costello*
  • Homemade by Josh Levine
  • Mama's Girls by Marilynn Barner Anselmi*
  • Michelangelo and Tommasoby James Rosenfield
  • Private Proceedings by Philip Hall
  • Rake by Diane Baia Hale
  • Shit-House Crazy by Julie Akeret
  • The View UpStairs by Max Vernon
  • Trust Fall by Mary Steelsmith*
  • Waiting... by Michael O'Dell
  • Who Killed Joan Crawford? by Michael Leeds

Three of the plays are by Network Writers of Pride Films and Plays - Marilynn Barner Anselmi, Dylan Costello, and Mary Steelsmith. Finalists from previous contests are invited to join the Network to continue developing projects with PFP Artistic Ensemble Members.   

Mary Steelsmith, Dylan Costello, Marilynn Barner Anselmi


Two of the plays are by Michael Leeds, and represent the first time one playwright has had two works advance to the final round of judging in a contest.  


Find synopses and playwright bios here.  


Congratulations to all the writers who submitted to the contest, and to the readers across the country who helped judge the scripts.    

Five finalists will be announced early in the new year, and those five scripts will be performed as enhanced staged readings at Center on Halsted's Hoover-Leppen Theater this spring.    


About Pride Films and Plays


Utilizing stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender characters or themes, Pride Films and Plays develops powerful theatrics that speak for the community and are essential viewing for all audiences.


Pride Films and Plays fosters excellence in writing for the stage and screen by connecting our Writers Network with our Artistic Ensemble and accelerating the process of moving important scripts from development to full production. When ready, these excellent works are then offered to theaters across the country.


Our season consists of three full productions - a world premiere, a Chicago premiere, and a reinvigorated classic - along with three weekend festivals of new 'enhanced staged readings.'


Writers are invited to join our Writers Network when they are named a finalist in our contests - the Great Gay Play Contest, Women's Work (for plays and screenplays with lesbian characters or themes, written by women), and the Great Gay Screenplay Contest. The finalists earn cash prizes, and their plays performed as "enhanced staged readings" which include movement, blocking, and technical elements in the 150 Hoover-Leppen Theater in Center on Halsted.


The 2011 Great Gay Play Contest winner, Learn To Be Latina by Enrique Urueta* has had multiple regional productions, and the 2012 winner At The Flash by Sean Chandler* and David Leeper** was Jeff-recommended in Chicago, a hit in LA, and will be seen in Dublin next spring. Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz*, a finalist in last year's contest, had its world premiere in Chicago this spring and won the Jeff Award for Best New Work and Best Musical Production. It has undergone a further revision and - now called Honor - will be remounted in Chicago in 2014. And the 2013 contest winner Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead by Martin Casella* had a successful run in the 150 seat thrust stage at Stage 773.


In addition to our forward thinking play development, we feel strongly that we without knowledge of our past, we cannot truly know our way. Thus we have produced 20th Anniversary productions of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me by David Drake and Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey and in 2014 will present Lillian Hellman's great drama The Children's Hour.


*Denotes PFP Network Writer

**Denotes PFP Artistic Ensemble Member 


For more information on contests or productions, visit