Ensemble Theater Cincinnati presents ten opportunities to see ELEGIES FOR ANGELS, PUNKS AND RAGING QUEENS this month

In observance of International AIDS Day by candlelight and annual Pride celebrations, Ensemble Theater Cincinnati will partner with Caracole to present Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens by Bill Russell and Janet Hood. This play shares the stories of 31 people from all walks of life who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Free performances of Elegies at various locations and times across the city are made possible through funds from the City of Cincinnati’s American Rescue Plan, administered by ArtsWave.

A celebration of lives lost to AIDS, Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is told through monologues and free verse songs with a blues, jazz and rock score. Through the perspectives of both those who died and those left behind, this article offers a broad overview of the impact of the AIDS crisis on individuals, families and communities – stories sometimes overlooked with today’s common treatment and prevention methods. They inspire hope and healing in the midst of tragedy, as well as ACTION to continue to reduce the spread of the virus and seek a cure.

This essential play brings renewed awareness and education about the spread of HIV. Data shared by Caracole shows Hamilton County among the 1.5% of U.S. counties that accounted for more than 50% of new HIV diagnoses in 2016 and 2017. At least 35% of new diagnoses in 2019 included the use of needles, and there was a 1,375% increase in HIV diagnoses among people who inject drugs from 2015 to 2019. New diagnoses in 2019 were also roughly evenly split between heterosexual transmission (34%) and transmission homosexual (35%). Like COVID-19, HIV does not discriminate and continues to spread in our community.

This production contains strong language/adult content, including depictions of violence, homophobia, adultery and drug use, as well as a discussion of sexual identity.

Caracole is the Greater Cincinnati nonprofit organization dedicated to positively changing lives in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For people living with HIV, we provide housing, case management and pharmacy services to improve health and well-being. Our prevention services focus on awareness, testing, education and risk reduction to help people reduce their risk of contracting HIV. The work we do to end the HIV epidemic is essential to a healthy community. Volunteer, donate, or find out how we can help you or someone you love at caracole.org.

Performance Information:

Friday May 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Xavier University Gallagher Student Center Theater (Evanston), 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati OH 45207

Saturday May 14 at 3:00 p.m.

Hoffner Park (Northside), 4101 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati OH 45223

Sunday May 15 at 2 p.m.

Seasongood Pavilion (Eden Park), 1600 Art Museum Dr, Cincinnati OH 45202

Saturday May 21 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

ARCO (Price Hill), 3301 Price Ave, Cincinnati OH 45205

Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m.

Burnet Woods Bandstand (Clifton), 3251 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati OH 45220

Saturday June 4 at 2:00 p.m.

Stanbery Park (Mt. Washington), 2221 Oxford Ave, Cincinnati OH 45230

Sunday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m.

Westwood City Hall (Westwood), 3017 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati OH 45211

Saturday June 18 at 6 p.m.

Mt Auburn (Mt Auburn) Presbyterian Church, 103 WH Taft Rd, Cincinnati OH 45219

Sunday June 26 at 2 p.m.

Ensemble Theater Cincinnati (OTR), 1127 Vine St, Cincinnati OH 45202

For more information or to register online, visit www.ensemblecincinnati.org or call (513) 421-3555. FREE ENTRANCE.

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