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Red Ribbon Readings
April 6, 2018 @ 8:00 PM - April 7, 2018 @ 10:30 PM EDT
Living Room and Out Front Theater Company are teaming up to present staged readings from three powerful plays which changed hearts and minds in the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Join us for a two-day exploration of the impact of HIV in every aspect of human existence, including love, fear, stigma, safe-sex, and grief. Add your voice to the conversation during a community panel Saturday afternoon following Harvey Fierstein’s Safe Sex.
Readings & Tickets
The Normal Heart
by Larry Kramer // Friday, April 6, 8PM
It focuses on the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. Ned prefers loud public confrontations to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates, friends, and closeted lover Felix Turner. Their differences of opinion lead to frequent arguments that threaten to undermine their mutual goal.
by Harvey Fierstein // Saturday, April 7, 2PM
These three one-act plays are unconnected except in their exploration of the psychological ravages of the disease. Although none of the characters is actually ill, all have suffered radical changes in their relationships and view of the world; all find that the very concept of “safe sex” inhibits their ability to connect, not just sexually but also emotionally, with others. In dealing with a topical subject, Fierstein movingly depicts the age-old difficulties and joys of loving.
by Paul Rudnick // Saturday, April 7, 8PM
Jeffrey, a gay actor/waiter, has sworn off sex after too many bouts with his partners about what is “safe” and what is not. In gay New York, though, sex is not something you can avoid. Whether catering a ditzy socialite’s “Hoe-down for AIDS” or cruising at a funeral; at the gym or in the back rooms of an anonymous sex club; at the annual Gay Pride Parade, or in the libidinous hands of a father-confessor, Jeffrey finds the pursuit of love and just plain old physical gratification to be the number-one preoccupation of his times—and the source of plenty of hilarity.
3 Show Package
Purchase a three show package for $50 or the $75 VIP package which grants all three plays PLUS an exclusive reception after Saturday’s events. Living Room and Out Front Theater Company are teaming up to present staged readings from three powerful plays which changed hearts and minds in the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Join us for an exploration of the impact of HIV in every aspect of human existence, including love, fear, stigma, safe-sex, and grief.
Event proceeds will be used to support Out Front Theater Company – the Southeast’s premiere theatre exclusively dedicated to telling stories created by and/or the LGBTQIA+ community – and Living Room whose mission is To ensure stable housing and improved health through housing support for people living with HIV/AIDS.