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July 30, 2015

LGBT theater fest marks five years with Philly premieres

GayFest! returns with new local work

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At the Flash Sean Lambert Photography/for PhillyVoice

David Leeper stars in "At the Flash" during GayFest! 2015.

GayFest!, Philadelphia's LGBT theater festival, returns for its fifth year Friday, Aug. 7, through Saturday, Aug. 22. The lineup includes four Philly premieres as well as staged readings and one-time performances. 

The festival will take place at Plays and Players Theater in Rittenhouse and Studio X in South Philadelphia. The festival opens Aug. 7 with "At the Flash," a one-man performance starring David Leeper as a cast of characters from the five-decade past of gay bar The Flash before its reopening. 

"The Secretaries" will open Monday, Aug. 10, and was created by "The Five Lesbian Brothers" Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Lisa Kron. It explores the story of the gang of murderous secretaries behind a series of lumberjack disappearances. "Mother Tongue," which follows a man whose loved ones can't let go of the past, and "From White Plains," the story of a filmmaker who gets into a social media war with his dead friend's bully, will premiere throughout the week.

Staged readings of "In Gray She Ate" by Michael Ruth and "My Favorite Husbands" by Andrew Marvel will be performed Aug. 16 and Aug. 22, respectively. "One Night Stands" featuring singer-songwriter Zach Ryan, "Hot A$$ Mess" with storyteller Steven Rascon and more can be found throughout the festival, too. Click here for the full schedule. 

GayFest! LGBT Theater Festival

Friday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 22
Showtimes vary | $15-$25 per show, $100 for full festival pass
Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place
Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St.