Do Ask, Do Tell
February 07, 2013, 7:00PM

Presented by The New Colony and Pride Films and Plays
Sponsored by The

For one night only, the community is invited to join The New Colony and Pride Films and Plays at Do Ask, Do Tell as they explore Queer history in World War II and the military through their upcoming world premiere productions of The Bear Suit of Happiness and Under A Rainbow Flag. Get a sneak peek at both shows, take part in a panel discussion examining these themes, and experience the transformation of drag with special guest Shea Coulee. Hosted by The’s Xandra Fairlawn.

More about the productions:

The Bear Suit of Happiness
Written by Evan Linder
Directed by Sean Kelly
In 1943, Woody, a young gay American, enlists in the army. After being shipped out to a remote Pacific Island, he is given an order: “Put up a show to entertain the men. Keep it simple. Needs music. And they like drag.”

Woody becomes a one-man war. He fights to write a show worthy of his fellows’ last laughs. Torn between fantasy and reality, his silly camp show grows to be a dream of an impossibly hospitable world. Theatre of war and theatre of the mind play out together on Woody’s little stage as he battles to build an identity and to be free.

More here!

Under A Rainbow Flag
Written by Leo Schwartz
Directed by David Zak
Based on the real-life story of a WWII naval corpsman (who still lives in Evanston, Illinois), Under A Rainbow Flag is an upbeat work about a group of soldiers who meet on a transport train heading west from Chicago and about the choices they make during and after the war.

Phillips meets Gibbs, Russell, and Stefano on the train. Stefano is an army surgeon headed to the Pacific theater, while Russell is an auto mechanic stationed stateside. Phillips loses his heart to Gibbs. But Gibbs has met a woman who has plans of her own. Leo Schwartz’ script, full of humor and surprise, explores all types of love – with its satisfactions and heartbreak.

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