For four years, Uptown Players has taken a week to celebrate its existence as the city's LGBT-centric theater. In every season, the company presents shows that that connect with or describe the gay identity, but during the Pride Performing Arts Festival, the shows are more unabashed. This week, Uptown Players announced its festival line-up for September 12 - 20, which includes nine days of cabaret performances, plays and a special presentation of Savage Love Live- a live show featuring sex columnist Dan Savage, who created the "It Gets Better" movement.
It all kicks off at 8 p.m. September 12 with a performance of The Last Session, a show that was part of Uptown Players' first season about a man's struggle with AIDS and the power of friendship and music to restore faith in humanity and life.
Full line-up from the press release:
Mythical Beastie by Bruce R. Coleman Former college roommates Mark (a gay architect) and Greg (his straight friend) find themselves living together again after years of estrangement. Greg, a serial womanizer, invites his latest crush Wendy home to meet his best friend and to make an announcement that throws everyone and everything into a tailspin. Mythical Beastie is an outrageous, sexy comedy with heart, written by local playwright Bruce R. Coleman. See it: 5:30 p.m., September 13; 7:30 p.m. September 14; 8 p.m. September 16; 2 p.m. September 20.
From White Plains by Michael Perlman The 2013 Off-Broadway hit, From White Plains follows four men, straight and gay, as they attempt to take responsibility for past actions and move beyond them, aided and frustrated by celebrity, social media and viral videos. The play examines how male relationships change as boys grow into men and asks who speaks for a victim of bullying when he is no longer here to speak for himself. See it: 3:30 p.m. September 13; 2 p.m. September 14; 8 p.m. September 19; 4:30 p.m. September 20.
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Commencing by Jane Shephard The beautiful Kelli can't wait for the blind date her friends have set her up on, until it turns out to be one very disappointed lesbian named Arlin. Mutually appalled, yet appallingly intrigued, they proceed to pull the screws loose on both straight and gay women's culture, to find the common ground beneath in the search for love and self. See it: 2 p.m. September 13; 8 p.m. September 15; 6:30 p.m. September 20.
Falling Man written by Will Scheffer Falling Man examines the lives of a diverse group of gay men from various backgrounds. Join Brandon Simmons in a tour-de-force performance as we meet a former drag queen, a young hustler who is taken over by the spirit of Tennessee Williams, the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer, and a former cha-cha champion who just wants to be remembered. See it: 8 p.m. September 13; 6 p.m. September 14; 8 p.m. September 18.
Dysfunctional Divas written by Steven Jay Crabtree Steven Jay Crabtree presents yet another evening in the lives of his "Dysfunctional Divas." This one man, multi-wig show, includes such outrageous characters as the drama queen of lip-sync, Trayla Park; the superhero, Warrior Woman, the bombastic screen vixen, Martini Glass; plus other of Steven's weird alter egos! Crabtree switches from boy to girl and boots to heels while playing his collection of kooky characters. It's an evening of adult rated fun and surprises, flash, trash and lots of laughs...you'll have a gay ol' time! Rated R for adult language and humor. See it: 9:30 p.m. September 13; 4 p.m. September 14; 8 p.m. September 17.
Savage Love Live, featuring Dan Savage takes place at 8 p.m. September 20.