Out Front 2017 – AIDS OnStage
About Face Theatre presents our
OUT FRONT series
Since 2013, AFT’s OUT FRONT Series has presented workshops and readings of new and developmental works exploring LGBTQIA themes.
For our 21st season’s OUT FRONT Series, in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition
Art AIDS America at Alphawood Gallery, About Face will present AIDS ON STAGE, a series of readings from HIV/AIDS focused plays to provide a chronological retrospective look at how theatre artists have addressed the devastating health crisis throughout the decades.
Readings will occur every Monday in March at 7PM at Alphawood Gallery on the corner of Fullerton and Halsted. Doors open at 6pm to provide attendees an opportunity to experience the exhibit as well. Admission is free, but we recommend making reservations below.
As Is By William Hoffman
Directed by Hutch Pimentel
William Hoffman’s landmark Drama Desk-winning and Tony-nominated play, As Is, was among the first to explore how the AIDS pandemic affected the LGBT community. The play tells the story of a man’s life turned on its head after he is diagnosed with AIDS – who he turns to, who turns away from him, and how the world reacts to the beginning of the crisis.
Jeffrey by Paul Rudnick
Jeffrey, the Obie Award-winning play by Paul Rudnick, laughs in defiance at the fear around the AIDS crisis. Jeffrey’s exploits take him across New York City, from hoedown charity galas to the confessional of a church, but he faces his biggest challenge yet when he falls in love.
In the Continuum by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter
Directed by Regina Fields
In the Continuum puts a human face on the devastating impact of AIDS in Africa and America through the lives of two unforgettably courageous women. Living worlds apart – one in South Central L.A. and the other in Zimbabwe – each experiences a kaleidoscopic weekend of life changing revelations in this story of parallel denials and self-discoveries.
And All the Dead Lie Down By Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Michael Burke
When an unexpected phone call upsets Alvin and Foss’ usual Saturday routine, the couple must navigate a minefield of long suppressed resentments, past histories, and hurt feelings. And All the Dead Lie Down is a portrait of a sero-discordant couple at a crossroads, a couple pondering the questions: Is love enough to sustain a relationship? And is it worth the risk?