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Pride Plays 2020, Four Live Streaming Benefits for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

By Lawrence Pfeil, Jr


In celebration of Pride, Playbill and Pride Plays will present four live streamed readings of plays by and about the LGBTQIA+ community at 7 PM June 12, 19, 22, and 26th in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Produced by Doug Nevin and Michael Urie with festival direction by Nick Mayo, Pride Plays is also presented in partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Each of the four live readings will stream readings directly via 

From Pride Plays Instagram


Pride Play Readings Schedule

June 12th 7pm  one in two by Donja R. Love and Directed by Malika Oyetimein,  The original Off-Broadway cas,t Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler, and Edward Mawere will star as person on the left, person in the middle, and person on the right, respectively, reunite for Playbill and Pride Plays’ live stream primetime presentation.

June 19th 7pm  Masculinity Max by MJ Kaufman Directed by Will Davis

June 22th 7pm  Brave Smiles…Another Lesbian Tragedy by The Five Lesbian Brothers (Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron) directed by Leigh Silverman.

June 26th 7pm  Men From the Boys by Mart Crowley (who passed away in March of this year). Produced with Aaron Glick, the drama will be directed by Zachary Quinto


The grand finale of Pride Plays will be Playbill’s Pride Spectacular, a musical celebration of Pride, hosted by Urie on June 28.  Read more about it via

“Michael R. Jackson, John Cameron Mitchell, MJ Rodriguez, More Join Playbill’s Pride Spectacular Concert”

All of the Playbill Pride Play events are fundraisers for Broadway Cares/Equity fights AIDS “COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund” to The Actors Fund. Since March they’ve raised over $5M to support everyone in the entertainment industry who has been devastated by the pandemic.  BC/EFA recently announced $125K in grants to several Social Justice organizations in their continued commitment to equality and anti-racism.  If you’re able please donate with PRIDE at the link below.




“In addition to the four readings and a concert, throughout the entire month of June, Pride Plays will continue to develop new works through virtual readings—though not presented to the public. “The goal since we first got together to produce Pride Plays last year was to expand representation of the entire LGBTQIA+ community in the theatre,” says Mayo. “That means creating more opportunities for emerging writers, as well as directors and performers.”

Nick Mayo, Michael Urie, and Doug Nevin  photo via Playbill by Marc J. Franklin

“We want to offer emerging writers the opportunity to work with top-flight directors to fine-tune new stories about the LGBTQIA+ experience,” Nevin explains. “While we are sorry that we can’t all get in the same room, Zoom is a wonderful means of community-gathering. We look forward to the ideas and sparks of humanity that we know will emerge in the coming weeks.”


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 Be sure and check out our special “In their own Words” Pride series on Twitter. @TheOUTFront .

And our new  #InstaPride series on Instagram @theoutfront  


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