Regeneration Theatre presents AS IS by William M. Hoffman
February 1-11 (Feb. 1-3, 5, 8-10 @7:30 p.m.; Feb 4 & 11 @ 2:30 p.m.)
Workshop Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, NYC
Tickets are $18 and available at regeneration.brownpapertickets.com.
Imagine being ill with a strange unknown disease … and nobody cared?
Regeneration Theatre chooses one of the first works exploring AIDS from a personal point of view to open its 2018 season.
In 1985, when As Is first appeared at the Circle Theatre, AIDS was a new moment in time. A pandemic with no cure or reason. AS IS was one of the first plays, and subsequent teleplay, depicting how AIDS was affecting the LGBT Community. Its power was also in that it focused on a small group of friends – and what it did to them. It proceeded Larry Kramer‘s The Normal Heart by about a month.
THE PLOT: Saul and Rich are breaking up… but not for long. Rich has contracted the disease ravaging the gay community. Seeking safety back in Saul’s arms, the two stage a play showing how family, doctors, and friends treat those with the disease. The play’s parable shows how important it is to have someone you love by your side – especially in trying times … as that is when you feel most alone.
Featuring Brian Alford, Robert Maisonett, Aury Krebs,* Daniel Colón, Colin Chapin,* Sara Minisquero, Jenne Vath,* Rick Calvo, Mario Claudio; Directed B. Marcus Gualberto
*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association