Uptown Players, a professional theatre group located in the Uptown area of Dallas, has announced its programming for the 2nd annual Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival. From September 6 - 15, 2012, Uptown Players will present a 10-day festival of plays, musicals and cabaret acts celebrating Dallas Gay Pride.
The festival will kick off with a staged reading of "8", a new play by Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar) on the main stage at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Based on the actual words of the landmark trial of Perry v. Schwarzenegger, “8″ is the real-life story of Kris & Sandy and Paul & Jeff, two loving couples who want to get married but can’t. Together with attorneys, David Boies & Ted Olson, and a host of expert witnesses, they take aim at Proposition 8, a discriminatory law that took away the right for LGBT couples to marry in California in 2008. As “8″ flashes in and out of the Perry court, watch both sides present the best evidence, arguments and witnesses for and against marriage for gay and lesbian Americans. "8" will be directed by Rene Moreno and will feature 21 of Dallas' best-known actors and actresses.
Also on the main stage at the Kalita Humphreys Theater is the musical Songs For a New World. Songs is an abstract musical with a series of songs all connected by a theme: “the moment of decision”, done with an Uptown twist. Composer Jason Robert Brown has said of his show, "It's about one moment. It's about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back." Songs for a New World will be directed by Bruce Coleman, with music direction by Kevin Gunter.
Presented in Franks Place upstairs at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, will be a series of plays and Cabaret acts for just three performances each.
Speech & Debate, by Stephen Karam, is about three teenage misfits in Salem, Oregon who discover they are linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio's connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music.
The Madness of Lady Bright, by Lanford Wilson, was seen in the 2011 FIT Festival at the Bath House Cultural Center. Produced by 130 productions and starring Larry Randolph, the show traces the mental breakdown of Lesley Bright, an aging homosexual whose past returns to haunt him with the emptiness of the choices he made.
I Google Myself by Jason Schafer, is a pulpy drama about the intersection of sex, violence, and a man who wants to find the meaning in his life through an internet search. What he discovers instead is that he shares a name with a porn star. It comes as no surprise that these two very different characters have more in common than it seems, but that's only revealed after increasingly absurd and violent plot twists send the play into comic terrain.