Gay Play Weekend Features Five New Works at Center on Halsted

CHICAGO – Five thrilling new works will be showcased in Pride Films and Plays Gay Play Weekend May 17 to 19 at Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theater. They include:

  • A blues-infused work about an esteemed James Baldwin-esque African American and his meeting with a young black writer in The Red Train
  • Broken Glass, a new drama about illicit love and intrigue among gay Iranians
  • Dancing in the Mirror, a fusion of dance and theater, as a Broadway dancer returns to his hometown to teach in the dance school in which he was brought up, and to confront the memory of the teacher who abused him
  • Sand Man, a drama about a Chicago reporter whose work on bullying and the suicide of a gay teen has left him emotionally and physically battered
  • And Directions For Restoring The Apparently Dead, in which past and present collide when a straight man and gay man are reunited after life-shattering experiences.

“The quality and variety of the works we read during this contest round was exciting,” said PFP’s Executive Director David Zak. “The variety of themes being explored and styles being experimented with bring great hope for the future.”

The complete schedule for the weekend is:

  • Red Train by B. V. Marshall, directed by Kyra Morris, Friday May 17 at 7:00 pm
  • Dancing in the Mirror by Perry Ojeda, directed by Jay Andrew Espana, Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 pm
  • Directions for Restoring The Apparently Dead by Martin Casella, directed by Chuck Berglund, Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 pm
  • Forbidden Glass by Kirt Shineman, directed by Alexander St. John, Sunday, May 19 at 1:00 pm
  • Sand Man by G. William Zorn, directed by Derek Bertelsen, Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm

The plays are performed as “enhanced staged readings,” with blocking, costuming, dance, and design elements. Tickets for each performance are $10, and can be purchased through and a weekend pass is available for $35.

Via press release