A Drama Desk award-winning play focusing on a person’s struggle with AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and its impact on him, his relationship, family, and the medical community will be performed March 10 in Fort Worth, Texas.
“As Is” is being put on by the local Circle Theatre which can accommodate up to 50 AIDS service organizations’ clients. (Source: Tarrant County AIDS Interfaith Network/TCAIN).
The deadline for reservations is March 1 at 7:30 at Circle, 230 W. Fourth Street downtown.
For reservations, call 817-877-3040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The play is part of a collaborative effort called “More Life, The Art & Science of AIDS,” between AIDS Outreach Center (AOC), Fort Worth Opera, AIDS Resources of Rural Texas, Samaritan House, Tarrant County AIDS Interfaith Network (TCAIN). The mission is to educate the community about the wide-reaching impact of HIV/AIDS, generate enhanced awareness of the many urban and rural resources available, and reduce the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS through a series of high-quality performances, exhibits, and programs presented in partnership with art and science organizations.
According to More Life literature, outcomes they hope to achieve include empowering those living with HIV/AIDS and their families to seek help, less stigma associated with the diseases overall, increased awareness among at-risk populations, better public understanding of how AIDS service organizations combat HIV/AIDS in the local community, and increase financial support for these agencies, and additional volunteers for these organizations from the general public.
One of the big productions will be the transforming of the Emmy-award winning story “Angels in America” written by Tony Kushner into an opera by the Fort Worth Opera. Seven performances of “Angels in America” will take place serving as the centerpiece of the festival.
Despite what many people think, HIV is still a concern for the community, according to TCAIN and modern medications don’t eliminate the risk of the illness. The demographic has changed in that more African-American and Hispanic individuals are getting the disease and it is no longer considered a gay male disease. As people live longer with HIV, there are many more opportunities to pass it on to others. Contrary to what the general population thinks, people with HIV don’t live normal lives with modern medications.
The More Life Festival will take place May 10-June 7 and will include the Fort Worth Public Library displaying books dealing with HIV/AIDS in groupings at the central library and all branches.
Through dramatic interpretation, song, dance, and film, a variety of arts organizations will tell the story of local residents who are living with HIV/AIDS. The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation is underwriting the creation of a book for children touched by HIV/AIDS. Students in the Humanities program at Tarrant County College (TCC) Northwest Campus are interviewing clients of local AIDS service organizations and capturing their conversation on film.
Panels from the City of Chicago’s “Faces” exhibit will be featured in the Fort Worth Community Art Center’s front gallery and mini performances by organizations like TCC-Northwest Dance Company will be held at various branches of the Fort Worth Public Library. Graphic design students from TCC Northwest will develop a souvenir magazine to celebrate the impetus for the festival and a juried art show featuring works by artists living with AIDS will underscore the fact that those impacted by the disease make a valuable contribution to the community.