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Shows of pride.

Chicago's theater community is ready for Pride. Not only is About Face mounting Raising Voices in June [see main story], but Bailiwick Repertory will stage performaces ranging from lesbian opera to topical one-man shows in the course of its Pride Series 2000.

"I wanted it to be a little bigger it usually is," artistic director David Zak says modestly of the Pride Series's 12th year.

It certainly is that. The summer-long series of gay-themed theater includes 15 different shows addressing a plethora of topics. Zak gives most of the credit for this year's diversity to the company's new Lesbian Theater Initiative, a project to focus attention on lesbian plays, writers, and directors. A long-awaited local appearance by performance artist Holly Hughes (July 6-9), Gina Schien's play Relative Comfort (running June 10-July 2), Five Lesbian Brothers's latest spoof (July 6-30) and last year's New York hit opera Patience and Sarah (August 3-20) are among the series' lesbian-friendly offerings.

Pride 2000 opened with the currently running Naked Will (through July 2), which depicts Oscar Wilde ruminating on the affectional preferences of William Shakespeare. On its heels comes Chicago's own A Real Read, the only African-American lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered group in the nation (July 13-16). And for those who like a little sex with their politics, there's Bare (May 23-July 2), an exploration of the bare-backing phenomenon, and the long-running Party (August 25-September 24), which famously ends with the whole cast naked. For theatergoers, Chicago's summer should be the hottest on record.
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Title Annotation:theater in Chicago
Author:Lehoczky, Etelka
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:Jun 20, 2000
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