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Pride Films and Plays’ Semi-Annual WeFest to be Wednesday, June 13 at Pride Arts Center

06/13/2018 - 19:30
06/13/2018 - 22:30
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The eighth installment of this ever-evolving festival (formerly known as LezFest and SheFest), this summer’s WeFest will be hosted by Chicago’s “Peace and Love Poet” Niki Gee, and will feature spoken word poetry, music, movement, clowning, and a fire act.

Performers will include Niki Gee, Tamale Sepp, Mack Dihle, Meesha Love, “Goddess Warrior” Dianna Tyler, Lyla Whedbee, Terri Lynne Hudson, Nadya Naumaan, Larry Trice, and Lucas Garcia. WeFest is produced by Iris Sowlat, Nemo Serges, and Avi Roque, and stage-managed by Daiva Paulis. Graphic design by Julia Rufo.

Pricing: General Admission tickets cost $10 and can be purchased either online or at the door. VIP tickets, including reserved seating and a drink ticket, cost $15. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/2yiCnsr. Pride Films & Plays is also offering an “Adopt A Performer” sponsorship option, as well as other levels of sponsorship.

All seven past installments of WeFest, SheFest or LezFest have been sold out, and Pride Arts Center is looking forward to another sold out house!

ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES. Click here for complete folder of images or on images for high resolution photos. Longer bios and additional media for all artists available upon request.

Niki Gee: is a peaceful, loving and puzzling presence that pens and performs poetic prose
That presses upon her earthly siblings the need for peace love, and joy….and of course sex.

Niki Gee known as the peace and love poet reigns from Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood but has graced stages all over the country with her unique presence she delivers poetry from inspiring to pornographic.

Words are energy. Words are magic. Words create vibrational shifts creating spells every time we utter them.
“I’m using my power for good not evil. What are you using your words for?”

Niki Gee has appeared in Strip Joker, Wefest, Collaboraction Theater’s Peacebook, Homolatte, Salonathon, Beast Women Rising, Global Girls Anniversary Celebration, Foreplay, Punany Poets and formerly co- hosted The Quare Square open mic. She is also the president of Quare Square, a 501c3 collective for Queer Artists of Color.

Niki Gee will host WeFest and perform poetry.

Words are energy. Words are magic. Words create vibrational shifts creating spells every time we utter them.
“I’m using my power for good not evil. What are you using your words for?”

Niki Gee has appeared in Strip Joker, Wefest, Collaboraction Theater’s Peacebook, Homolatte, Salonathon, Beast Women Rising, Global Girls Anniversary Celebration, Foreplay, Punany Poets and formerly co- hosted The Quare Square open mic. She is also the president of Quare Square, a 501c3 collective for Queer Artists of Color.

Niki Gee will host WeFest and perform poetry.

Tamale Sepp: Tamale Sepp trained in improv at I.O. Chicago, Second City’s Conservatory Program, and Annoyance Theater, and has performed burlesque with the Sissy Butch Brothers Burlesque, Lavender Cabaret, Angela Eve, and Varietease Cabaret.

She travelled with the international gender performance troupe, Windy City Blenders and began performing drag with members of the Chicago Kings at events like the International Drag King Extravaganza (IDKE) and The Great Big International Drag King Show (“The Great Big”). Somewhere along the way, she picked up fire dancing, performing with members of SPUNN, Pyrotechnique, and Temple of Poi.

Tamale Sepp will be performing a partnered fire act with Mack Dihle.

Mack Dihle: Mack Dihle, a Detroit native, can be found in Chicago blues scenes playing trumpet or patrolling the streets as an officer at night. Mack enjoys making men’s fashion twist in her favor. Her chiseled jawline is accentuated by her nearly 5’9 slender wide-shouldered frame. Men often approach Mack to ask where she got one item or another, and she shares her secrets from time to time.

“They (Men) don’t care that I’m a woman once they figure out my gender; All they care about is how can they emulate the slim luxurious look for their similar frame that keeps them looking sleek and masculine.”

Mack Dihle will be performing a partnered fire act with Tamale Sepp.

Goddess Warrior Dianna Tyler: Dianna Tyler, commonly known on the Chicago spoken word scene as “GODDESS WARRIOR” is a native of--born and raised--on Chicago’s west side. Having been a writer since an early age, she’s always been a warrior, a fighter and a believer in the people, but following the tragic loss of her parents in 2012, she found herself able to release her pain through her pen. She is Host and founder, to “Poetic Thought Thursday” open mic poetry showcase and was nominated for a 2016 National Poetry Award. As a performer, her credits include -poetry and spoken word features, two movie appearances, stage play performances and numerous radio spots.

Lyla Whedbee: Lyla Whedbee was born and raised in Chicago and is thrilled to be a part of WeFest! They recently graduated from The ACADEMY at Black Box Acting and they were last seen at Pride Films & Plays at PAC The House and the staged reading of Jane. Lyla would like to thank their good friends and colleges Avi and Iris for this time and space to debut original work. Enjoy the programming!

Lyla Whedbee will be performing music.

Terri Lynne Hudson: Terri Lynne Hudson is an actor, interdisciplinary artist and activist living and working in Chicago. She has recently been seen performing solo comedy at iO and the Annoyance Theatre and performed during Climate Change Theatre Action: A Curated Conversation at Pride Arts. She's overjoyed to be performing at WeFest.

Terri Lynne Hudson will be performing an original performance art piece

Meaghan Morris: Meaghan Morris is a Chicago-based actress, clown, and performance artist. She has performed at Hampshire Shakespeare Company, Theatre-Hikes, Quest Theatre Ensemble, Clock Theatre, and Chicago Mammals.

Meaghan Morris will be performing a clown act.

Nadya Naumaan: Nadya Naumaan is a writer, actor, assistant stage manager, assistant director, and general theater maker. She is a new arrival to Chicago and is happy to be finding places to wear all off these different hats. Recent projects include Mies Julie (Victory Gardens - Floor Manager), Lettie (Victory Gardens - ASM), We're Gonna Be Okay (ATC - ASM). Upcoming - Photograph 51 (Court Theatre - Assistant Director)

Lucas Garcia: Lucas Garcia is a Chicago based writer and dramaturg from Albuquerque, NM. They are also Co-Director of Marketing and Communications for the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists, and are a member of El Semillero, ALTA's Latinx playwriting circle. Lucas has worked as a dramaturg with The Yard (columbinus), TimeLine Theatre Company (In the Next Room), Steppenwolf Theatre Company (La Ruta, Pass Over), The Hypocrites (W;t), Chicago Dramatists (Lorca in New York, Felons and Familias).

Lucas also writes as a theatre critic for Rescripted: An artist-led platform for critique, discussion, and writing. Their creative work can be found most recently on the blog of The Brillantina Project, plainchina, VCU’s anthology of undergraduate work, and in Re: Visions, the literary journal of the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing department.

Larry D. Trice II is glad to be performing for their first WeFest. When not on stage they are the production manager for Artists Giving Back. Some of their favorite credits include: Kingdom (Broken Nose), Magic Treehouse: Showtime with Shakespeare (Emerald City Theatre), Akeelah and the Bee (Adventure Stage), Once On This Island (That Was a Show Theatre Co.), Rocky Horror Show (Stage Wright Productions), Waking Lazarus (Prologue Theatre),
Spring Awakening (Music For Theatre Chicago), and countless other shows and readings.You can see them next as Donkey in Shrek The Musical with Windy City Performs Opening August 4th.

Larry Trice will be performing music.

LISTING INFORMATION

WeFest
An evening of performance art celebrating Chicago’s queer female,
non-binary, and trans+ artists
Wednesday, June 13 - 7:30 pm
The Broadway, Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway
Tickets - $15 VIP, $10 general admission
Tickets for WeFest can be purchased through PrideFilmsandPlays.com and here:

https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/989279 , or by phone at 866-811-4111 or 773-857-0222

ABOUT PRIDE FILMS AND PLAYS

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. PFP accomplishes this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity.” The company acquired its two performance spaces at 4139 and 4147 N. Broadway in July 2016, renaming the spaces the Pride Arts Center.

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 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 and The League of Chicago Theatres.

For more information, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com or call 1.773.857.0222.

ABOUT PRIDE ARTS CENTER

Pride Arts Center (PAC) opened in 2016 and consists of two performance spaces: The Buena at 4147 N. Broadway which has 50 seats and The Broadway at 4139 N. Broadway which has 85 seats, and it is run by Pride Films and Plays. PAC has become an important part of the arts environment in the Buena Park neighborhood and beyond by hosting events including After Orlando, Bechdel Fest, SheFest and the 525,600 Minutes Cabaret. Additional tenants in 2017 include Walkabout Theater, New American Folk Theater, Cor Productions, Underscore Music Theater, 20% Productions, About Face Youth Theater, Another Door Productions, and of course Pride Films and Plays.

For more information about space at Pride Arts Center, visit www.prideartscenter.com, or www.pridefilmsandplays.com.