Michael Urie and Partner to Star in Gay Comedy
BY Brandon Voss
May 19 2014 10:00 AM ET
About Face Theatre, a Chicago theater company focused on gender and sexual identity, will kick off its Pride Performance Series with a reading of The Last Sunday in June by out playwright Jonathan Tolins.
Ugly Betty alum Michael Urie and partner Ryan Spahn star as Tom and Michael, a couple whose Greenwich Village apartment overlooks the route of New York City's LGBT pride parade. Helmed by AFT artistic director Andrew Volkoff, the reading will take place June 2 at the Greenhouse Theater.
"Tom and Michael, his partner of seven years, intend to spend the day planning their impending move from the Big Apple to the upstate town of Nyack, but their plans are rerouted as one friend after another drops by to view the parade from the window of their Christopher Street apartment," read press notes about the comedy, which made its world premiere in 2003 at Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. "An afternoon originally designated for things domestic instead turns into a series of conversations about relationships, self-acceptance and the very meaning of what it is to be gay, eventually calling into question Tom and Michael's relationship itself."
AFT's Pride Performance Series also includes Bixby Elliot's Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t, Steven Strafford's Methtacular!, and "Lesbians & Literature," a panel discussion and performance hosted by AFT artistic associate Paul Oakley Stovall.
Urie currently stars in Buyer & Cellar, also by Tolins, through June 15 at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse. The hit solo comedy, which The Advocate named one of its top 10 LGBT-inclusive shows of 2013, imagines if the fabled private shopping mall in Barbra Streisand's Malibu basement had an employee.
For tickets and more information on The Last Sunday in June visit aboutfacetheatre.com.