• Pride Film Fest

    Pride Film Fest

    Pride Film Fest celebrates the best queer films! Our program is a year-round film fest, with quarterly short film festivals and feature-length films and documentaries throughout the year.

    For the Fall Film Fest, we are focusing on several key areas:
    Films written and/or directed by women
    Comedies – everyone needs a happy ending now and then!
    Films with non-binary themes and/or creative teams
    Films that explore romance and sex, as long as they portray a healthy and positive sexuality
    Films with BIOPOC themes and/or creative teams.

    Buy a pass for a single film, or join us as a member.

    Support Open Space Arts and the Pride Film Fest by making a donation!

    Submit your film through Film Freeway!

    Enter your screenplay or script into the OSA Hot Topic Script and Screenplay contest.



    Performances were July 22, 23, 24, 28, 30 and 31, 2022.

    Thanks to those of you who attended the production, or who donated time, energy and money to make it happen. Make sure to sign up for our mailing list, so we can keep you in touch with what comes next!


    Demoralized by the reelection of George W. Bush in 2004, Larry Kramer gave what he called ‘the most difficult speech I ever had to give.” Now, the United States faces a possibility of a different Republican being reelected. In this season of anti-trans legislation, looming supreme court decisions, and orders to ‘Don’t Say Gay”, we wondered ‘What would Larry Kramer say?’ 

    Adapted/director David G Zak says “At the start of the Trump years, I re-read THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS and found it still vibrant and stirring. Kramer’s prophetic statements about the rise of the conservative movement, the development of viruses still unknown, and the sorrow and anger about AIDS that defined his life, THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS calls out to be shared in a new way even now, two years after his death.”

    David Zak adapted the text working initially with Mr. Kramer. The spoken words are all from the speech. The staging features seven actors on a blank stage with a video wall to provide some context and commentary. There is a lot of history, a great deal about politics, some screaming, some great Kramerisms, and many tears. 

    Zak directed the Chicago premiere of Kramer’s comedy about the Reagans JUST SAY NO, with Kramer in residence for rehearsals, in 1999 for Bailiwick Rep.

    The cast features Tom Chiola, Keith Butler, Elijah Newman, Hailey Hance, Roberto del Rio, Alexandra Moorman, and Ryan Quade. The Projection Design is by Magdiel Carmona, and the Sound Design is by Elijah Newman. 

    Upper: Alexandria Moorman and Keith Butler

    Middle: Roberto del Rio, Tom Chiola, and Hailey Hance

    Lower: Elijah Newman and Ryan Quade

    THE KRAMER PROJECT is the first event for Open Space Arts, a new non-profit dedicated to works of social relevance. There are only six performances at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted, Chicago. Ticket sales benefit Center on Halsted.  

    Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

    Find out more information and donate in support of THE KRAMER PROJECT at www.openspacearts.com. Tickets will be on sale at Centeronhalsted.org starting June 15. VIP tickets are $30. General admission is $20 with $10 tickets for seniors and students.

    Download the PRESS RELEASE. Download the PROGRAM.

    Please donate to Open Space Arts, a new 501(c)3 non profit, Funds support the new theatrical adaptation of Larry Kramer’s speech THE TRAGEDY OF TODAY’S GAYS, adapted for the stage and directed by David G. Zak. The producer is Open Space Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit presenting works of social relevance to both live and streaming audiences.

    Donations can be made through using this link, or checks can be mailed to OPEN SPACE ARTS, 2215 W Giddings, Chicago, IL 60625 Attn David Zak


  • Open Space Arts – Mission & Social Media Links

    Open Space Arts – Mission & Social Media Links

    Open Space Arts illuminates contemporary and historical issues through film and live performances. OSA will perform where the arts can have the most impact.

    With the freedom to perform anywhere, from libraries, theaters, empty storefronts, and online, OSA can respond quickly to bring important issues to life.

    SOCIAL MEDIA and other Links

  • OSA’s Hot Topic Contest for Scripts and Screenplays 

    OSA’s Hot Topic Contest for Scripts and Screenplays 

    Open Space Arts seeks innovative plays and exciting screenplays about today’s hot topics. Gender issues, or Don’t Say Gay! Climate, religion, politics, freedom? Racial justice, CRT, abortion. sex, politics, families, climate, war, and peace – the future! If you wrote about it, we want it.

    There are so many things for writers to say dealing with today’s issues. If people are talking about it, we need plays, and screenplays that bring it to life. Sex, politics, religion, families, climate, war, and peace – you name it, we want it.

    Think big and bold. Learn the rules and skills of the craft, and then break them.

  • Donate to OPEN SPACE ARTS

    Donate to OPEN SPACE ARTS

    Open Space Arts is a new non profit that is presenting plans and streaming experiences based on today’s social issues. Please make a donation today to support our mission.

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  • Please Join Us – Actors and performers of all kinds.

    Please Join Us – Actors and performers of all kinds.

    If you are passionate about the world we need you. We want you to write, perform, film, create, and change the world.

    Send Headshot and Resume and the reason why you want to be involved to Openspacearts2022@gmail.com, and let’s get connected.

  • Please Join Us – Directors and Creative Team

    Please Join Us – Directors and Creative Team

    If you are interested in contemporary issues and want to shape what we can dialogue about, please send us your materials.

    We are looking for directors which strong points of view, and comprehensive knowledge of the world. Email us your resume and note of interest with DIRECTOR in the subject line to openspacearts2022@gmail.com.

    We are looking for designers and other people who make magic with light, fabric, and found objects. Please send a resume and note of interest with CREATIVE in the subject line.