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La Perla
St. Louis, MO
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That Uppity Theatre Company, in partnership with Vital VOICE Media, will co-produce Briefs: A Festival of Short Lesbian and Gay Plays, February 24 - 26.  More than a traditional theatrical production,
Briefs is a community event, innovatively bringing together a diverse audience from the LGBT community, straight allies, local businesses, and local artists and involving eight different directors and playwrights. Located at La Perla, a historic downtown bank renovated for events of all kinds, a DJ will also be spinning music between plays, and a cash bar as well as valet parking will be available.

According to executive co-producer Joan Lipkin (Artistic Director of That Uppity Theatre Company), the short play format in Briefs provides productive opportunities for the multiple perspectives of several directors and playwrights and for the pieces to speak in relation to each other. "I also think in this economy it is essential that ticket prices be as affordable as possible in order to attract and welcome a diverse audience so we will have one of the lowest tickets prices in town."

Vital VOICE always strives to create and deliver new and exciting projects for the LGBT community and our Straight Allies. Briefs is a celebration of our community that will leave audiences entertained informed and uplifted. Says Darin Slyman CEO and Publisher of Vital VOICE Media

The plays of Briefs were selected from playwrights nationwide for this unprecedented event in the St. Louis area, including:  "Shiny Pair of Complications" by J. Stephen Brantley, directed by Edward Coffield, "Partners" by EM Lewis, directed by Bonnie Taylor, "Ladies' Room" by Carolyn Gage, directed by Annamaria Pileggi, "Write This Way" by Donna Hoke, directed by Ed Reggi, "The Date" by Joan Lipkin, directed by Michael B. Perkins, "Madrigal in Black and White" by Patricia Montley, directed by Vanessa Roman, "Attack of the Dorothies" by J.E. Phelan, directed by Joan Lipkin, and "Quiet Please!" by Garth Wingfield, directed by Seth Ward Pyatt.

The directors have been meeting for several months to discuss each other's pieces and issues pertinent to the production.  "Briefs has already proven to be a very extraordinary dialogue with a phenomenal group of local artists. I hope and believe this will become another unique and traditional part of the St Louis arts Community," said Edward Coffield.

According to Associate Producer Michael Perkins who is also directing, "Briefs will hopefully inspire conversations during the event and long afterward, bringing a diverse audience together that wouldn't otherwise interact. We learn so much not only by doing, but by watching our peers."

"Briefs is distinctive because  the festival is the first of its kind in St. Louis and it brings together gay and non-gay communities modeled by a diverse group of directors and material written by both gay and lesbian and allied playwrights," said director Bonnie Taylor.


La Perla
312 N. 8th Street
St. Louis, MO 63101
United States


Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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