Posts Tagged ‘literature’

And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, by Randy Shilts
suggested by Amy Justice, MD, PhD


“Probably the most moving thing I have ever read on HIV/AIDS was And the Band Played On, by Randy Shilts. Part of what made it moving for me is that he spent over a year writing it and refused to be tested for HIV until he finished Read More…

The Way We Live Now: American Plays & the AIDS crisis, edited by M. Elizabeth Osborn
suggested by Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS

I do not know an adult life without HIV. In 1981 I entered college, began my life as a gay man, and like the rest of the world, first became aware of the AIDS epidemic. The formative years of my young adulthood were colored by the devastation of AIDS and this was a time of great fear and anxiety for me and millions of gay men. When I reflect on the 1980’s my sense is that my body experienced one decade-long anxiety attack.

At the same time during this period, I had the opportunity to experience the reaction of our artistic community to the epidemic in the multitude of inspiring plays that were produced Read More…

Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, by Tony Kushner
suggested by Sara M. Simons

I was born in 1981, the year generally considered to be the start of the AIDS epidemic. I have never lived in a world without AIDS, and yet the disease felt distant from my life growing up in suburban New England. Occasionally a work of art would penetrate this bubble — Read More…

Lonely Planet, a play by Steven Dietz
suggested by Seth Rozin

In 1996, I directed a production of Steven Dietz’ Lonely Planet for InterAct Theatre Company, an organization I founded in Philadelphia, and for which I have served as Artistic Director for 23 years now. Lonely Planet is a charming, funny and ultimately moving play about two gay friends: Carl, a flamboyant man with an unusually vivid imagination and multiple, ever-changing occupations; and Jody, a cautious and thoughtful man who has insulated himself in the map store he owns, afraid to venture out in the world and get tested for AIDS. Read More…