Uptown Players announces playwrighting contest to coincide with Pride Fest

ThinkstockPhotos-483124718Over its 15 years, Uptown Players has grown from producing a four-show season to as many as six shows, a popular fundraiser-revue, co-productions with the Turtle Creek Chorale, bonus productions in the Rose Room and even starting the Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival around Dallas Pride in September. Well, they are expanding their mission once again — this time, into writing.

Co-founders Jeff Rane and Craig Lynch are seeking submissions for a one-act playwrighting contest, to coincide with the Pride Fest in the fall. Each submission needs to contain characters and/or issues that address LGBT issues, or contain a “gay sensibility.” But you don’t have to be gay to submit, or to win. There will be two winners, both of whom will have their plays produced and receive a cash prize.

Here are the deets: You must be at least 18 and be a resident of North Texas. The work must be original, unpublished and unproduced, although works that have had not-for-profit staged readings are permissible. It must run at least 30 minutes but no more than 75. Submissions must be made in PDF format in script form, and a 12-point type-face. A non-refundable fee of $20 must accompany the submission. The dates to submit are April 23 (Shakespeare’s birthday) through May 2, so there’s not much time! Finalists for the next round will be advised by July 1. You can get full rules at UptownPlayers.org. Email your submission to 2016PrideWrite@gmail.com.

The competition is in honor of the late Perry Thompson, a longtime supporter of UP and volunteer; and is made possible by the Greg Grosh Charitable Fund. Good luck!

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‘This is what we get for voting for a clown’: Reykjavik mayor opens gay Pride in drag

Reykjavik Mayor Jon Gnarr, left, dressed in drag for the opening ceremonies of his city’s Pride festival.

I am sure that most people would agree that there’s a lot of funny business going on in politics. But when it comes to Reykjavik, Iceland, it’s not the kind of political funny business you might think.

In June, the citizens of Reykjavik elected top comedian Jon Gnarr as mayor. Gnarr ran for office on a platform that promised free towels at swimming pools and a new polar bear for the Reykjavik zoo. His Best Party won the council elections after promising transparency in government and used campaign videos of the candidates singing along to Tina Turner’s “Simply The Best.”

Gnarr had promised that, as mayor, he would appear at the city’s Pride festival. And this week, he made good on that promise: appearing in drag at the opening ceremonies. His blond drag persona told the crowd the mayor could not attend himself because “he’s busy, even though he promised to be here.”

Gnarr added: “What might he be up to? Maybe he is visiting Moomin Valley [the fictional setting of a series of Finnish children’s stories that feature a family of white hippopotamus-like trolls]. This is what we get for voting for a clown in elections.”

Iceland, by the way, became the first country with an openly gay head of state last year when Joanna Sigurdardottir became prime minister.

Go to BBC to read more.

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