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On Friday, February 10, 2012, Twinbiz producer’s Yvonne Farrow and Yvette Heyliger will launch their 2nd Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Theatre Initiative: Produce A Play/Save A Life with the reading of Heyliger’s multiple AUDELCO Award for Excellence in Black Theatre winning play, What Would Jesus Do? about family, church, sex and HIV at the African American Cultural Center located at 3018 West 48th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90043 at 6:30pm.
The National Black HIV/AIDS Theatre Initiative invites producers, writers, actors, theaters, church, presenting organizations, and the community-at-large to write, read or produce a play at least once a year on/or the week of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day observed annually on February 7th. Blacks account for more than half of the reported cases of HIV and Black women carry the majority of incidents numbered in that statistic.
The event is free to the public and will include a Community Receptionat 6:30pm with Chimbiko Tembo of the Senut Sisterhood; followed by the reading of excerpts with 12 talented actors, live music by Larry Farrow; a Response & Updateby Tony Wafford, President/ CEO, I Choose Life and Jo Valentine, Associate Director, Health Equity Divison of STD Prevention; and closing out, Conversation in Communitylead by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa and Executive Director, African American Cultural Center (Us).
HISTORY OF THE INITIATIVE
The NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS THEATRE INITIATIVE was inspired by Tunde Allen Samuel, the late producing artistic director of Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre in Harlem. Samuel expressed a wish to Yvette Heyliger that black theatres do more to address the growing HIV infection rate in their communities. Heyliger answered this challenge by writing her critically acclaimed play with music about family, church, sex and HIV entitled, What Would Jesus Do?, which was a multiple AUDELCO Recognition Award for Excellence in Black Theatre winner in 2010.
The public is invited to attend.
For more information please call 323.299.6124 or visit the African American Cultural Center.