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GCC Communication professor Kirt Shineman’s play “Forbidden Glass” is a finalist in the 2013 Great Gay Play Contest for Pride Films and Plays in Chicago, where the play is being produced. Pride Films and Plays links an international network of writers with professionals working in film and theater. PFP fosters excellent writing for the stage and screen that speaks not only to the LGBT community, but is essential viewing for our friends, family, and co-workers. Using stories with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters or themes, Pride Films and Plays develops human stories that become a cultural bridge to understanding. Through readings, contests, classes, screenings and full theater productions, PFP engages artists and audiences in the full developmental process needed to make great artistic experiences. The play was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Award, and won a few other awards.

Shineman’s play “The Pornographer” will be produced at The Binary Theater in Tempe, AZ, in March, 2013.  The play was developed at Phoenix Theater’s 2nd Draft Series and the Great Plains Theater Conference. It concerns the young artist Egon Schiele who is charged with raping and kidnapping a young girl as well as immoral and depraved behavior. His ordeal places art and artists’ lifestyles on trial. Egon was one of the most influential painters to emerge from Vienna at the turn of the century. Still today he is controversial. The play asks: can a government legitimately prohibit citizens from publishing or viewing pornography, or would this be an unjustified violation of basic freedoms? Tickets will be available in February.