Island City Stage will host One in Two by Donja R. Love, the last show in its Tenth Anniversary 2021-22 South Florida Season, from August 4 to September 4. In this compelling story, three actors sit in an ethereal waiting room, while the audience chooses which actor will portray the lead character of a Black man diagnosed with HIV. The play paints an unflinching portrait of being Black and gay in America today.
Directed by the co-founder of San Diego’s Moxie Theatre and NAACP theatre award-winner Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, One in Two refers to the current HIV projection rate that 1-in-2 Black men who have sex with men, and 1-in-4 Latino men who have sex with men in the United States will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime, according to a 2016 analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unlike other plays, in this production, the audience chooses nightly which actor must portray the fated lead character.
“When I first discovered One in Two during its off-Broadway run, I knew it was a story we needed to tell,” said Andy Rogow, artistic director of Island City Stage. “We’re looking forward to sharing this story that is not often heard in our community—how HIV-positive and vulnerable men are treated by the LGBTQ+ and Black communities. We hope theatre-goers will come away with a deeper understanding of this epidemic and be motivated to make a difference to help end this very real stigma and disease.”
“One in Two” stars Kevane Coleman, Randall Swinton, and Nathaniel J. Ryan. Tickets are $35 and are available here.