Friday, May 15, 2009

Coming May Events: Proud Theater Comes "Full Circle"; Perfect Harmony Chorus Celebrates Civil Rts; Colombia Support Network showcases human rights

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Please join us for the Sunday, May 17, 2009 show, when our special guests will be two youth leaders in Madison's Proud Theater troupe. Youth artistic director Dena Wessel and longtime member/graduating senior Olivia Wine join us to preview their upcoming Memorial Day weekend performances of "Proud Theater: Full Circle." The show title has double meaning in that the group is returning to the venue of its first major performance series, the March Play Circle, on the second floor of the UW-Madison's Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street. Tickets are $10. Four shows are scheduled: three at 7:30pm on the evenings of of Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 21-23), and a matinee at 2:30pm on Saturday. For further details, see below, or go to .

At the top of the show, we'll also be previewing two other important events coming to Madison later this month, presented by the Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus, and the Colombia Support Network.

Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus presents their
2009 Spring Concert, "Equal, Not Special," on Saturday, May 30th at 7pm at Mills Concert Hall, in the Humanities Building (corner of Park and University) on the UW-Madison campus. “Equal, Not Special” is a concert retrospective of the civil rights movements of the United States. These include the anti-slavery movement, the movement for women's suffrage, the King era 1960s movements for black civil rights, and the 40 years of LGBT rights efforts since the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. Follow this link for full details, of this, and associated concerts, later this month. Tickets can be purchased from members, at the door, or by going to this link.

The Madison-based Colombia Support Network, which has chapters and members nationwide, is holding its annual conference in Madison during the last week of May. A highlight of the conference will be a special event, open to the public, “Hope and Fear: Scenes from the conflict in rural Colombia,” a joint presentation by Garry Leech and Steve Cagan. Garry Leech is the author of several books on Colombia, his latest one being the thrilling and fascinating Beyond Bogota. Steve Cagan is a renowned artist and scholar, who as a Fulbright Scholar spent a year taking photographs in the Choco region. Gary Leech will present on Friday, May 29 at 7:30pm at the UW's Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, and Steve Cagan on Saturday, May 30 at 7:30pm at Fair Trade Coffeehouse, 418 State Street. Call (608) 257-8753 for more info.

More About Proud Theater

Proud Theater is an award-winning, exciting and innovative youth theater program designed to foster self-expression and self-empowerment for Madison-area youth ages 13 to 19 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ), or who are the sons or daughters of LGBTQ parents, or allies of the LGBTQ community at large.

Founded in 1999 by Sol Kelley-Jones and Callen Harty, Proud Theater’s mission is to change the world in a positive way through the power of theater, theater arts and heart, art and activism. The teens of Proud Theater collaboratively create theatrical pieces and original music through improv, group discussion and guidance from Proud Theater Artistic Director Brian Wild and prominent adult members of the Madison community.
Proud Theater is currently a program of Outreach, Inc – Madison’s LGBTQ resource center. “Proud Theater: Full Circle’ is also sponsored in part by a generous grant from the New Harvest Foundation.

As with 2005’s critically acclaimed ‘Proud Theater: R Evolution’, 2007’s ‘Proud Theater: Plugged in’, and 2008’s ‘Proud Theater: Loud and Clear’, ‘Proud Theater: Full Circle’ tackles many of today’s issues that affect youth and does so with humor, heart and honesty. Sometimes outrageous, sometimes profound, the youth share their voices with the community in a no-holds barred and uncensored way. This year the youth look at personal acceptance, family issues, gender identity and much, much more!

‘Proud Theater: Full Circle runs May 21, 22 and 23, 2009 - 7:30 PM and a special matinee on May 23, 2:30 PM in the Fredric March Play Circle inside the University of Wisconsin Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street in Madison, Wisconsin. Tickets go on sale May 1 at 11:30AM are 10 dollars each. They can be purchased by phone at (608) 265-2787, by clicking ‘buy tickets’ online at, or at one of the campus arts ticketing locations at 800 Langdon St or at 821 University Ave. Phone orders have a $2.50 per ticket and Online orders have a $3.50 per ticket convenience charge.

Doors for ‘Proud Theater: Full Circle’ will open at 7:00 PM for the evening performances and 2:00 PM for the Matinee performance.
For more info on the20show, contact Proud Theater at, or visit, or at

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