For The Love Of (or, the Roller Derby Play)

Pride

When Joy, a driftless young woman, gets on the Brooklyn Scallywags and meets the star, Lizzie Lightning, she and her long-term partner Michelle find their lives turned upside down. For the Love Of asks how much you’re willing to sacrifice – or lose – in order to follow your heart. This world premiere play by Gina Femia, a Brooklyn born and based playwright whose work has been presented in more than 30 festivals locally, nationally and internationally, will open March 16 under the direction of Rachel Edwards Harvith. Press opening is March 20, 2017.

Pride Films and Plays Artistic Director Nelson Rodriguez says, “In an era when women’s rights and autonomy are threatened, I am thrilled for PFP to present For the Love Of. Femia’s superb writing, diverse all-female cast of characters, and representation of contemporary queer women is anchored by Joy’s journey of realizing she has the authority, confidence, and passion to find fulfillment in herself. This play is one hell of ride in which we see that love and roller derby are both contact sports.”

For the Love Of”s design team includes Elyse Balogh (Set), G. Max Maxin IV (Lights), Uriel Gomez (Costumes), Melanie Vitaterna (Props), Heath Hays (sound). Denise Serna will serve as assistant director and PFP Company Member Christopher Young will assist with choreography and movement. Jenn M. Thompson will stage manage and Iris Sowlat will be production manager.

SHOW INFORMATION

For the Love Of (or the Roller Derby Play)

By Gina Femia

WORLD PREMIERE

Directed by Rachel Edwards Harvith

PRESS OPENING – Monday, March 20, 2017, 7:30 PM

Industry Night – Wednesday, April 12, 7:30 PM

The Buena at Pride Arts Center, 4147 N. Broadway

Previews Thursday, March 16, Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 19 at 3:00 pm. Preview tickets are $15.

Regular run performances Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM

PFP’s $10 Access Tickets for students, seniors or others who cannot afford full price are available for each performance on an honor system. Those tickets are $10

Tickets available here or 1 800 737 0984

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