The Homosexuals, a Play About Community, Friendship and Love, Premieres in Chicago June 11

News   The Homosexuals, a Play About Community, Friendship and Love, Premieres in Chicago June 11 About Face Theatre, the Chicago company interested in new works about gender and sexual identity, launches the world premiere of Philip Dawkins' play, The Homosexuals, inspired by the groundbreaking play The Boys in the Band, June 11 for a run to July 24.

AFT artistic director Bonnie Metzgar directs a company that features AFT artistic associates Patrick Andrews, Scott Bradley, Elizabeth Ledo and Benjamin Sprunger, with Stephen Cone, Eddie Diaz and John Francisco.

The Homosexuals "is a comedic and heartwarming work for anyone who's ever fallen in love with a friend," according to About Face. "The play follows Evan, a young gay man who moves to the Midwest with nothing but the shirt on his back. When a kind man invites him to a party his first night in town — the circle of friends he meets that night have impact on his life that he (nor we) could ever imagine."

Chicago playwright Dawkins' "epic play" examines "the fears, doubts and hopes facing the gay community in the 21st century in this modern-day riff on the queer classic The Boys in the Band.

Director Metzgar said in a statement, "Philip Dawkins is one of Chicago's most exciting young playwrights. About Face is delighted to present the world premiere of The Homosexuals this summer to coincide with Pride Month. It's a play exploring friendship through the lens of sex — and a story for anyone who's ever looked for love in all the wrong places."

The creative team includes Regina Garcia (sets), David Hyman (costumes), Heather Gilbert (lighting), Sarah Pickett (sound), Dan Stermer (assistant director) and Kimberly Miller (stage manager). Performances play at The Victory Gardens Richard Christiansen Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln St. in Chicago. For tickets and information, visit www.aboutfacetheatre.com or call (773) 871-3000.

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About Face Theatre (Bonnie Metzgar, artistic director; Jason L. Held, executive director) is one of Chicago's most acclaimed theatre companies, and is a national leader in the development of new work exploring gender and sexual identity. Since its founding by Kyle Hall and Eric Rosen in 1995, the company has premiered more than 30 new plays by writers and directors who have been recognized with several Tony Awards, The Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The MacArthur Fellowship and dozens of Joseph Jefferson Awards.

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