5th Annual GPS (Gay Play Series) Line-up & Info

 

The Ringwald Theatre is thrilled to announce the 5th installment of its wildly popular Gay Play Series (GPS). Who would’ve thought when this series began that 5 years later it would still be going strong? And this year’s special anniversary edition features a slate of one act plays by all-Detroit playwrights!

GPS will run at The Ringwald for two weekends, June 20th-June 30th, 2014.

FRIDAY JUNE 20th @ 8PM
OPENING NIGHT: FILM SCREENING of SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES

Tickets: $10.00 for the event or buy a Festival Pass for $30 to see all events.

The 2014 GPS will kick off on Friday, June 20 at 8:00 PM with a special screening of audience favorite Southern Baptist Sissies - The Movie! Filmed live last year in Los Angeles, and featuring Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan and Willam Belli (of RuPaul’s Drag Race fame), Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies has played The Ringwald three times over the past seven years, always to great acclaim. We are thrilled to be able to screen the movie for the opening night kickoff!

 

SATURDAYS JUNE 21 & 28 @ 8PM
SUNDAYS JUNE 22 & 29 @ 3PM

ORIGINAL ONE-ACT FESTIVAL

Tickets: $10.00 to see the 8 Selected One Act Plays or buy a Festival Pass for $30 to see all events.

The original One Act Festival will kick into gear on Saturday, June 21 and will repeat Sunday, June 22, Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29. Artistic Director Joe Bailey said, “Of all the submissions received this year, the best were from our own hometown. So it made sense, for the 5th Anniversary of GPS, to celebrate the talent here and to make it a complete Detroit playwright lineup.”

The 2014 One Acts are:

· Make Room for Stu by Bitch and Fag (Tara Rase & Mark Sobolewski)
· The Shelter by Josh Campos
· Let Go, Larry by Jeff Mansk
· The Choice by Dave Davies
· Monster by Mike McGettigan
· At the Food Court by Kim Carney
· Who’s on Dick? by Marty Shea
· Mom is so GLAAD by Margaret Edwartowski

As always, audience members will be voting for their favorite script. The winning script will receive an additional performance at the Closing Ceremonies on Monday, June 30 at 8PM. Audience members will also be asked to vote for a favorite performances and director.

 

MONDAY JUNE 23 @ 8PM
SHREW - SLIPSTREAM THEATRE INITIATIVE PERFORMANCE
Tickets: $10.00 for the event or buy a Festival Pass for $30 to see all events.

Monday, June 23 brings the newest Shakespeare outing from Slipstream Theatre Initiative. On the heels of their successful all male production (and encore production) of Twelfth Night, Slipstream Theatre Initiative is at it again. This time they are tackling Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. Using an all-male cast, they are creating the play in a world of dominance vs. submission, where it is not a battle of the sexes but a battle for control in general. Using an S&M theme and taking advantage of the adaptable space of the Ringwald stage, their Shrew is a bit unlike any you've seen before. The question you'll be asking yourself is not "was she really tamed?" but rather "where did they get all that bondage gear?!" The cast features Steve Xander Carson, Alexander H. Trice, Miles Bond, Emilio Rodriguez, Dick Ward, Ryan Ernst, Michael Lopetrone, Bailey Boudreau, Brenton Herwat and newcomer Michael Soave, with direction and costume design by Boudreau. The play has been spliced from its standard three hours to a mere hour and fifteen minutes and will be sure to have you seeing the Bard in a whole new way: in leather and lace.

 

FRIDAY JUNE 27 @ 8PM
VINCE KELLEY IN CONCERT: POP TART!

Tickets: $10.00 for the event or buy a Festival Pass for $30 to see all events.

Friday, June 27 marks the return of hometown hero Vince Kelley in an all new concert, Pop Tart! Enjoy the vocal stylings of Mr. Kelley as he works his way through an all-pop concert featuring songs by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Britney Spears, and many more. This will mark Vince’s first Detroit appearance since moving to New York City last year.

 

MONDAY JUNE 30 @ 8PM

CLOSING NIGHT: AWARDS, ENCORE, LIP SYNC FOR YOUR LIFE!

TICKETS: $10.00 for the event or buy a Festival Pass for $30 to see all events.

The festival will conclude on Monday, June 30 with the awards ceremony, a repeat performance of the audience-voted favorite one act and a fierce lip sync battle, Lip Sync for Your Life! This promises to be an evening of awesome lip synced performances wherein participants will, almost-but-not-quite-literally-lip sync for their lives!

Tickets can be purchased at the links below or at the theatre box office. The Ringwald box office opens 45 minutes before performances and tickets can be purchased with cash or Visa/Mastercard. The Ringwald Theatre is located at 22742 Woodward Avenue in the Times Square of downtown Ferndale.

2014 GPS Calendar of Events

Fri, June 20 @ 8PM     
Southern Baptist Sissies Movie
Single Event $10--or--$30 Festival Pass
Sat, June 21 @ 8PM 2014 GPS Original One-Act Plays
Single Event $10--or--$30 Festival Pass
Sun, June 22 @ 3PM 2014 GPS Original One-Act Plays     
Single Event $10--or--$30 Festival Pass
Mon, June 23 @ 8PM SHREW from Slipstream Theatre Initiative  
Single Event $10--or--$30 Festival Pass
Fri, June 27 @ 8PM Vince Kelley in Concert: Pop Tart!
Single Event $10--or--$30 Festival Pass
Sat, June 28 @ 8PM 2014 GPS Original One-Act Plays
Single Event $10--or--$30 Festival Pass
Sun, June 29 @ 3PM 2014 GPS Original One-Act Plays
Single Event $10--or--$30 Festival Pass
Mon, June 30 @ 8PM Awards & Encore; Lip Sync for Your Life! Single Event $10--or--$30 Festival Pass