Torch Song star Michael Urie will be among the performers at this summer's Pride Plays at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. As previously announced, Urie, along with producer Doug Nevin, is behind the festival of play readings that will amplify LGBTQIA voices in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.
Pride Plays will run June 20–24. Click here for tickets and more information.
Other actors slated to perform include Maybe Burke, Mario Cantone, Robin De Jesus, John Glover, Penny Fuller, Judy Gold, Lou Liberatore, Beth Malone, Michael Hsu Rosen, Dale Soules, Nilaja Sun, Jason Tam, and Taylor Trensch, with more names to be announced.
The festival will include works in the queer theatre canon, such as plays by Paula Vogel and Terrence McNally, alongside newer works by artists such as MJ Kaufman and Daaimah Mubashshir.
New to the lineup are excerpts from Melissa Li and Kit Yan's musical Interstate, and Jeremy J. King and Sam Salmond's musical Eighty-Sixed, adapted from the novel by David B. Feinberg. Robert Patrick's play The Haunted Host also joins the previously announced programming.
As previously reported, Pride Plays will feature: Blueprints To Freedom: An Ode To Bayard Rustin by Michael Benjamin Washington, directed by Moises Kaufman; Last Summer At Bluefish Cove by Jane Chambers, directed by Miranda Haymon; Brave Smiles...Another Lesbian Tragedy by the Five Lesbian Brothers: Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Lisa Kron; Some Men by Terrence McNally, directed by Logan Reed; As Is by William Hoffman, directed by Sheryl Kaller; Eat And You Belong To Us by MJ Kaufman; On This Morning by Caroline Prugh, directed by Kevin Newbury; Room Enough (For Us All) by Daaimah Mubashshir; Nora Highland by Ryan Spahn; Le Switch by Philip Dawkins, directed by Stephen Brackett; Mariquitas by Eduardo Machado; One Leg by Eri Nox; The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel; Last Sunday in June by Jonathan Tolins, directed by Nic Cory; and A Language of Their Own by Chay Yew, directed by Mei Ann Teo.
The programming also includes original works from Trans Lab, directed by Èamon Boylan.
The cast of Pride Plays will also include Ashleigh Atkinson, Jess Barbagallo, Gabrielle Beans, Ro Boddie, Zachary Booth, Patrick Breen, Sebastian Chacon, Adam Chanler-Berat, Anton Floyd, Christopher Hanke, Chinai J. Hardy, Rebecca Henderson, Robert Jimenez, Esco Jouley, Nike Kadri, Lori Laing, Nancy Lemenager, Kelly McAndrew, Melissa Mickens, Marissa Neitling, Ryan Ortega, Coral Pena, Lori Prince, Kate Rigg, Sushma Saha, Preston Sadleir, Zo Sakamoto, Ray Santiago, Jon Norman Schneider, Will Seefried, Theo Stockman, Liam Torres, Allen K Washington, Michael Benjamin Washington, and Nick Westrate.
The Pride Plays advisory committee is Chay Yew, Moises Kaufman, Lucy Thurber, Sam Hunter, Lisa Scheps, Michael Sheppard, Miranda Haymon, and Ted Snowdon. Nick Mayo serves as festival director.