#WorldAIDSDay 2019: Not Just Back on Stage

World AIDS Day community posterToday is World AIDS Day. AIDS has been around so long that there’s a new wave of plays about the epidemic. This is not nostalgia. There were 1.7 million people newly diagnosed with HIV in 2018 worldwide — some 39,000 in the U.S. alone, according to the Center for Disease Control, which offers a page of alarming statistics

There are alarming articles too: In Addressing HIV, the U.S. Has a Lot to Learn From Namibia

Javier Munoz is not the only HIV-positive theater artist speaking out. Donja R. Love’s play “One in Two,”which opens this month, is inspired by his 10th anniversary of being HIV positive, and offers an unflinching portrait of being Black and queer in 2019.

The title is an allusion to another statistic:

World Aids Day black gay men poster

 

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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