Actor/director/social activist MICHAEL KEARNS discusses We Laid Our Bodies Down, an evening of intimate stories about surviving within the age of HIV, performed by the spoken word artists of QueerWise, directed by Kearns, Nov 29 at Skylight Theatre. On Feb 1, which has been designated World AIDS Day since 1988, Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Sheila Kuehl will be honoring Michael Kearns for his decades of AIDS-related artistic achievements.
“I am so proud to be involved with this project, We Laid Our Bodies Down. QueerWise is a group of GLBT artists who are all over 50 years old. These are individuals who came into adulthood before the AIDS epidemic, lived through it and are now telling their stories. I have been working with them four years now and it has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my career. These people are more than fearless, they are heroic. And one of the highlights of this upcoming evening is a reading of an excerpt from Tony Abatemarco’s new play, Forever House, which will have its premiere at the Skylight in January.”
Julio Martinez-hosted Arts in Review—celebrating the best in theater and cabaret in the Greater Los Angeles area—airs Fridays (2-2:30pm) on KPFK (90.7FM).