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Off Broad Street Players Productions To Benefit South Jersey AIDS Alliance

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Press Release | No Comments

March 25, 2015 — The Off Broad Street Players (OBSP), a nonprofit regional community theater company based in Millville, announced today that it will support the South Jersey AIDS Alliance through its upcoming productions of Rent and The Normal Heart, two Broadway masterpieces centered around characters living with HIV/AIDS.

A portion of each regular-priced ticket sold for performances of Rent and The Normal Heart will be donated to the South Jersey AIDS Alliance to further its support of people living with HIV or AIDS and its efforts to prevent and increase awareness of the virus and disease. Based in Atlantic City, the alliance provides case management services, support groups, transportation, HIV testing, food, prevention training and education and even medicine to South Jersey residents infected with or at risk of infection from HIV, as well as those for whom the virus has led to AIDS. More information is available at www.southjerseyaidsalliance.org.

“Giving back to our community has been an important goal of ours since our founding, but with these two shows in our 2015 season, we knew we had a tremendous opportunity to truly benefit a vital cause, particularly if we partnered with people already leading the charge,” said David Halter, president of the OBSP board of directors. “We found that in the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, which provides vital services and resources to people living the lives we are portraying on our stages. We are very hopeful that the fact that some of the money paid for tickets will support people with AIDS will draw additional people to these powerful productions and increase the donation we are able to provide.”

Jonathan Larson’s Rent runs April 17 to 26 at the Levoy Theatre, where OBSP is the resident theatre company. Set in New York’s East Village in the early 1990s, the Pulitzer Award- and five-time Tony Award-winning musical focuses much of its story on its bohemian characters’ struggles surrounding the ever-present epidemic of AIDS. Tickets are available at www.levoy.net.

Larry Kramer’s nearly autobiographical The Normal Heart, which most recently earned critical acclaim as an HBO movie, will be staged September 18 to 20 at OBSP’s second, more intimate stage at the Glassworks in Millville. A three-time Tony winner, The Normal Heart follows the early 1980s founding in New York City of one of the country’s first organizations dedicated to victims of HIV/AIDS. Tickets will be available soon at www.obsp.org.

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