Twenty years ago, Michael Kearns wrote and performed a landmark theatrical piece: intimacies. On November 13-14 at 8:00pm, this artist-activist will revive his groundbreaking one-person show at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
A panoply of characters who speak with abandon, intimacies is theatre that promises to rock you. Meet Fernando, a macho flamenco dancer; Big Red, a black female street hooker; Patrick, a Hollywood pretty boy; Phoenix, a homeless man living under the freeway; Marilyn (as in Monroe); Father Anthony, a Catholic priest who confesses and then some.
Michael Kearns is simultaneously introducing The Drama of AIDS: My Lasting Connections with Two Plays that Survived the Plague, his new book from Heinemann. The Drama of AIDS, with a foreword by Tim Miller, is a memoir that chronicles Kearns’ impassioned connections to Robert Chesley’s Jerker and James Carroll Pickett’s Dream Man.
From Chicago to New York; Newburyport, Massachussetts to St. Louis, Missouri; Los Angeles to the Triangle, Michael Kearns tours America with this 20th Anniversary Production of intimacies in honor of World Aids Day.
Yes, Michael Kearns’ prodigious AIDS-related work is unparalleled. Not only did he come out as Hollywood’s first openly gay actor in the mid-seventies; he revealed his positive HIV-status on Entertainment Tonight in 1991. In addition to issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, homophobia, and the GLBT agenda, Kearns has devoted himself to fundraising and creating art that addresses addiction, homelessness, and mental illness.
Intimacies, the headliner for UNC Department of Communication Studies’ Solo Takes On: A Festival of One-Person Performance, kicks off the festival with abandon. For further information about Solo Takes On, visit: http://www.comm.unc.edu.
The ArtsCenter is a non-profit organization with a mission of nurturing the arts and creativity through performance, education and exhibition. For details on how we achieve this mission, please visit our website at www.artscenterlive.org.
WHEN: November 13-14, 8:00pm
WHERE: The ArtsCenter 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510
TICKETS: $15, $13 Members, $10 Students 919-929-2787 www.artscenterlive.org