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BRIEFS: The 2nd Annual Festival of Short LGBT Plays
La Perla
St. Louis, MO
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BRIEFS: The 2nd Annual Festival of Short LGBT Plays

Back by popular demand with all new material, March 1-3, That Uppity Theatre Company, in partnership with The Vital VOICE, will produce an evening of short LGBT plays, collectively called Briefs.  Last year, Briefs sold out all four performances, with a diverse audience from the LGBT community and straight allies.  Located at La Perla, a historic downtown bank renovated for events of all kinds with a 150-person capacity, a DJ will also be spinning music between plays, and a cash bar as well as valet parking will be available.

More than a traditional theatrical production, Briefs is a community event, bringing together a diverse audience from the LGBT community, straight allies, local businesses, and local artists.  Our slogan this year is, "Come for the play, stay for the party!"  The space will stay open for at least at hour after every performance so people can visit, have a drink and dance and every show will also be followed by a short question and answer session.  

Additionally, we will have two special community events. On Wednesday, February 27, we will offer a low-cost preview and pizza party for area youth and on Sunday, March 3, our final performance matinee will also honor LGBT seniors and their friends and will include a complimentary brunch for LGBT seniors from groups including SAGE, Primetimers and Older Lesbians Advocating for Change (OLAC).

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 the second-annual production, including: "Black Eye" by Carolyn Gage, directed by Christopher Limber; "Are You Married?" written and directed by Joan Lipkin; "My Jesus Year," by Tony Foster, directed by Lee Anne Mathews; "Waiting for the Skell," by EM Lewis, directed by Bonnie Taylor; "Lady and the Tramp," performed by Lola van Ella and Sammy the Tramp; "Surprise," by Ken Haller, directed by Michael B. Perkins; and "Zoo Story 2.0," by Rich Espey, directed by Marty Stanberry.

"I am delighted to be directing. 'Briefs,' a tremendous addition to St. Louis theatre, provides a gritty, witty and articulate sampling of LGBT and allied playwrights. This year's festival of 10-minute vignettes, like last year's, presents a deeply personal and yet universal patchwork of plays. This showcase will resonate and delight any theatre goer looking for insightful and powerful new work for the theatre," says Christopher Limber, who will be directing "Black Eye."

According to Associate Producer Michael B. Perkins who is also directing, "Briefs will 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 was the first of its kind in St. Louis last year 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.

The performers in Briefs, like the plays themselves, incorporate a diverse spectrum of gender, age, and orientation.  Some are seasoned professional actors, others are rising talents  but all are from our local St. Louis community.  Among the 20+ performers in Briefs are: Robert Davis, Wendy Greenwood, Ken Haller, Daniel John Kelly, Annamaria Pileggi, Hannah Ryan, Joshua Thomas, Theresa Masters, Nicole Angeli, Justin Ivan Brown, Troy P. Turnipseed, Maggie Conroy, Lola van Ella, Sammy Tramp, and more.  Some shows are still being cast.

WHO - That Uppity Theatre Company & The Vital VOICE
WHAT  Briefs: A Festival of Short LGBT Plays
WHERE  La Perla (312 N. 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101)
WHEN  March 1, 8:00pm
March 2, 3:00pm & 8:00pm
March 3, 3:00pm
TICKETS  $15 Advance Tickets, $20 at the door
(can be purchased by phone or via Brown Paper Tickets)
BOX OFFICE  (314) 995-4600



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

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