EXCLUSIVE: Uptown Players’ Pride Fest line-up

Two world premiere musicals (one written locally), a stage version of a beloved gay film, a Bruce Coleman original and the return of a fan favorite are among the shows debuting in September during Uptown Players’ inaugural Pride Performing Arts Festival.

In its 10 seasons, Uptown Players has moved from producing four shows a year in the 120-seat KD Theatre to being the resident company in the famed 440-seat Kalita Humphreys Theater (producing local premieres of hits like Next to Normal), in addition to mounting bonus shows in places like The Rose Room. Last year, the gay-run company announced that it would premiere its first festival of plays during Dallas Pride in September.

Check out the line-up for the festival below.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

'Facts of Life's' Mindy Cohn stars as 'oldest living fag hag' in new film

Just saw this trailer for Violet Tendencies, the newest film from director Casper Andreas. You might know him as the director of such films as Slutty Summer, A Four Letter Word and last year’s The Big Gay Musical. This time around, Andreas gives Mindy Cohn (mostly remembered as Natalie in The Facts of Life) the starring role as Violet, a woman who realizes she spends too much time with too many gay men. And that may just impede on her finding her own man. The film is now in post-production but the trailer was released earlier this week.

I’m kinda digging the trailer. It’s a little hetero rom-com meets gay indie and it could be a good combination. Plus, it doesn’t look like a stretch to see Violet as just a grown up version of Natalie, who was always my personal favorite.

According to the movie’s Facebook page, the film will start making the festival circuit soon.

—  Rich Lopez