About Face is dedicated to exploring gender and sexual identity through its work. The company has featured more than 48 world premieres by writers and directors.
The season-at-a-glance follows:
About Face's Out Front Series
A year round line-up of workshops and readings of new and developmental works, including Billie and Billy by AFT artistic associate Paul Oakley Stovall
"The divide between different cultures and ethnicities, between men and women, between straight and gay in America can be a great one. Using only two characters, Paul Oakley Stovall aims to present what seems to be a tiny little drama, set in a small city apartment and the empty flat across the hall. As Billie and Billy form an unexpected bond, their lives begin to intersect in strange ways. The audience is invited to explore with them: our need for companionship, our desire to solve the mysteries of existence and the ways in which we see ourselves in the eyes of others. Billie and Billy explores the similarities ignored, our common needs and desires and the mutual ground we walk upon."
We Three Lizas
Nov. 27–Jan. 5, 2014
Book and Lyrics by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Bradley
Music & Additional Lyrics by Alan Schmuckler
Directed by AFT Artistic Associate Scott Ferguson
Musical Direction by Aaron Benham
Choreography by AFT Artistic Associate Patrick Andrews
Featuring AFT Artistic Associates Scott Duff and John Francisco with Sharriese Hamilton, Mark Kaplan, James Nedrud, Danielle Plisz, Bethany Thomas, Dana Tretta and Andrew Swan
At Stage 773
"Fresh from a concert at Joe's Pub in New York City with a revamped book and expanded score, last year's sparkly, queer holiday hit is back… and better than ever! Box maker Conrad Ticklebottom's life has hit a block. Once, Conrad and his purple box ignited an entire movement in art and design, but now he finds himself alone, forgotten and teetering on ruin. The holidays bring three magical figures to his door — a trio of Liza Minnellis to escort him on a fabulous journey through what-was, what-could-be and what-the-f*?!, redeeming his lost promise and re-inventing a brand-new Conrad Ticklebottom. A quirky holiday musical tale of hope, transformation… and the power of Liza!"
The Good Private
By AFT Artistic Associate Tanya Saracho
Featuring songs by Tamara Roberts
Directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
"The Good Private is a fictionalized musical composite inspired by the real life of Civil War soldier Albert Cashier, who was born Jennie Hodgers but who enlisted as a male soldier in the 95th Illinois Infantry. After being a prisoner of war for two years and serving his time in the field, Cashier went on to lead a quiet life as a male in Central Illinois, until he was discovered in his old age. Due to lack of documentation of Cashier's very private life, The Good Private is part reimagining of and part homage to a truly remarkable Illinoisian."
when last we flew
By Harrison David Rivers
"Inspired by Tony Kushner's Angels in America and a testament to the power of theatre, when last we flew is a moving and often humorous look at life in small town America from a contemporary teenage perspective. After stealing his local library's only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom to begin reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas town are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…"
By Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Collective Artistic Director Andrew Volkoff
"This hilarious stand-up comedy routine/play takes on history, mythology, gender roles and high school through the distinct comic lens of Brahman/i, an Indian intersex person — a hijra — tethered by neither gender nor culture, and wildly curious and inventive in their examination of both."
Abraham Lincoln Was a Fa**ot
By Bixby Elliot
"A new play from the writer of last year's hit show Girl You Know It's True by Chicago's Pavement Group. A young boy, Cal, discovers information that may prove that Abraham Lincoln, our country's most revered president, might be a homosexual and embarks on a journey to prove it to his family — and himself. Cal's story is juxtaposed with scenes from Abraham Lincoln's life in the 1800s; along the way there is sex in a stovepipe hat, time travel, a road trip to the nation's capital, budding high-school romance and a quadrille or two."
Pride Cabaret Series
"To commemorate Pride Month, every weekend in June, About Face Theatre will be hosting a series of cabaret performances celebrating every aspect of the LGBTQA community. From showtunes and standards to comedy to new music to open mics, we'll be serving up the fun as we invite our community to join with us in making Pride laugh, sing and sparkle!"
By the About Face Youth Theatre Ensemble
"Every two years, About Face's acclaimed Youth Theatre devises a play as the result of workshops, in-depth interviews, theatre training and improvisation. Working with a professional writer and director, they produce plays that tackle challenging topics ranging from anti-gay violence to safe spaces for youth in the LGBTQA community. This year, AFYT turns its attention to an exploration of immigration in the queer community. Building off the work that they created in this summer's research filled Youth Intensive, they'll be bringing this brand new play to Chicagoans in July 2014."
More information can be found by visiting aboutfacetheatre.com.