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Oscar ® Nominated Screenwriter Emma Donoghue to appear at Pride Arts Center on Sunday, January 13

01/13/2019 - 16:30
01/13/2019 - 19:00
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Her novels include the international bestseller ROOM (her screen adaptation was nominated for four Oscars and she has also adapted it for the stage), and FROG MUSIC, SLAMMERKIN,THE SEALED LETTER, LANDING, LIFE MASK, HOOD, AND STIRFRY. Her story collections are ASTRAY, THE WOMAN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO RABBITS, KISSING THE WITCH, and TOUCHY SUBJECTS. Her stage plays include I KNOW MY OWN HEART (1993), LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (1996), DON'T DIE WONDERING (2005), KISSING THE WITCH (2000), THE TALK OF THE TOWN (2012) and ROOM (2017). She also writes literary history and plays for radio. She lives in London, Ontario, with her partner and their two children. Donoghue will discuss her body of work with Catey Sullivan, theater editor for WINDY CITY TIMES and the CHICAGO READER and a freelance theater critic who was written for the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, CHICAGO MAGAZINE, CRAIN’S CHICAGO BUSINESS among other local outlets, will lead the discussion with Donoghue.

The conversation will be held in the Buena Theatre, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago, on Sunday, January 13 at 4:30 pm. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 773-857-0222.

The press opening of Donoghue’s I KNOW MY OWN HEART will be at 7:30 pm that evening. The drama was inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister. It details Lister’s affairs with various women in the early 19th Century. The production is directed by Elizabeth Swanson and features a cast including Vahishta Vafadari as Lister, and Jessie Ellingsen, Eleanor Katz, and Lauren Grace Thompson. The design team includes Melissa Perkins (costume design), Blake Cordell (sound and lighting design) and Elyse Balogh (scenic painting).

Tickets for I KNOW MY OWN HEART are available now at or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222. Reservations for A CONVERSATION WITH EMMA DONOGHUE may be made at 773-857-0222.

Other women-focused events in January at Pride Arts Center include:

Saturday, January 19 – LezPlay competition – staged reading of winning play. 2:30 pm. The winning play of the LezPlay competition will be directed by Myesha-Tiara.
Tuesday, January 22 – LezFest Film Festival. 7:30 pm. Program of short films from around the world. Part of the monthly Pride Film Festival.
Sunday, January 27 – LezSing Cabaret. 7:00 pm A new show featuring women who love women singing songs about loving women.


The Academy Award-nominated novelist, playwright and screenwriter will discuss I KNOW MY OWN HEART and her body of work with Chicago theater critic Catey Sullivan
Sunday, January 13 – 4:30 pm
The Buena, Pride Arts Center
4147 N. Broadway, Chicago
Admission Free, Reservations Recommended
For reservations, call 773-857-0222

By Emma Donoghue
Directed by Elizabeth Swanson
January 10 – February 10, 2019
Previews: Thursday January 10, Friday January 11, and Saturday January 12 at 7:30pm. All preview seats $15
Press Opening: Sunday January 13 at 3:30 pm
Regular Run: January 17 - February 10 with Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3:30pm and Wednesday January 30 at 7:30pm
Pride Arts Center – The Buena, 4147 N. Broadway, Chicago
Premium seats $30, general admission seats $25, student/senior/military $20 (not valid Saturdays)
Tickets available by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222 or online at

Inspired by the secret coded diaries of Yorkshire gentlewoman Anne Lister, this play subverts all the conventions of Regency romance. Teasing out the entangled lives of Lister (nicknamed 'Gentleman Jack') and three of her many lovers, I KNOW MY OWN HEART explores the different choices women make in a time of limits and prohibitions. I KNOW MY OWN HEART was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award for Best Irish Debut Play.


Emma Donoghue (playwright, I KNOW MY OWN HEART). Born in Dublin in 1969, Donoghue is an award-winning writer, living in Canada. She adapted her novel ROOM for the screen, earning an Academy award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. (ROOM was also nominated for Best Director and Best Picture, Brie Larson won Best Actress for the 2015 film). Donoghue also adapted ROOM for the stage and its world premiere was co-produced by Theatre Royal Stratford East and Abbey Theatre Dublin in May-July 2017. She has written six other plays as well as 18 novels. She is also adapting her novels THE WONDER and FROG MUSIC for the screen.

Elizabeth Swanson (director, I KNOW MY OWN HEART). Elizabeth Swanson is a Chicago-based theater director. Her recent credits include HARVEY (Three Brothers Theatre), WHERE ALL THE WHITE SNEAKERS AT? (Second City), and LUNGS (Granary Theatre, Cork, Ireland). Assistant directing credits include FUN HOME (Victory Gardens Theater), LOVE’S LABOR’S LOST (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), and VARDO for the Dublin Theatre Festival (Anu Productions). Elizabeth has also directed for Stage 773’s Artists Lab and directed festival shows and readings with Chicago Dramatists, Pride Films & Plays, Artemisia, and Otherworld Theatre, among others. Elizabeth has an M.F.A. in theatre directing from the Lir National Academy of Dramatic Arts at Trinity College, Dublin.


Pride Films and Plays changes lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. The company produces a four-play season of full productions, shoots one short film each year, and continues our famed play developmental projects. PFP is the principal tenant in Pride Arts Center.

Pride Arts Center, in its own right, produces events complimenting the PFP vision, including dance, cabaret, film, and more. Events can be one-night or limited run productions, or feature national treasures like Charles Busch. PAC occupies The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway, which has 85 seats, and The Buena, which has 50 seats at 4147 N Broadway. PAC is proud to be a part of the growing Uptown Entertainment District.

Pride Films and Plays is supported by The MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard Driehaus Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago’s City Arts Fund, the Elliott Fredland Charitable Trust, Proud to Run, the AmazonSmile Foundation, Arts and Business Foundation, Tap Root Foundation, Arts and Business Council, and Alphawood Foundation.

PFP is a member of the Smart Growth Program of the Chicago Community Trust. Pride Films and Plays is a member of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, Northhalsted Business Association, Uptown United, and The League of Chicago Theatres.

For more information, visit or call 1.800.737.0984.