To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which brought the fight for gay rights into public view in 1969, the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre is presenting Pride Plays, a festival of play readings that celebrate LGBTQ voices. Pride Plays aims to “capture the prideful spirit of the LGBTQ community” by resurrecting meaningful queer-themed works alongside brand-new voices, exploring the LGBTQ+ theatrical past and future. The festival, which runs June 20-24, is directed by Nick Mayo and co-produced by Doug Nevin and actor Michael Urie.The festival also coincides with World Pride, being held in New York City. More than six million people are expected to participate in Pride Month events this year. In an interview with CBS News, Doug Nevin spoke about the inspiration behind the festival, sharing that he and Michael Urie talked for a long time about “twin” priorities.”One is providing a home and space for LGBT artists and new LGBT voices that we might not know, and performers that we might not know,” said Nevin. “In tandem with that, to revisit some seminal work that maybe aren’t acknowledged in the way they should be.”The collaboration came to fruition after Nevin had a conversation with Rattlestick Theater’s artistic director,… Read full this story
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