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Panel of The AIDS Memorial Quilt To Be On Display During OBSP’s Rent

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Press Release | No Comments

April 17, 2015 — The Off Broad Street Players (OBSP) will host a panel of The AIDS Memorial Quilt during the regional community theatre group’s run of Rent at the historic Levoy Theatre, which opens tonight and runs through April 26.

Set in New York’s East Village in the early 1990s, Jonathan Larson’s 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.

The Quilt panel’s presence during the show is thanks to the generosity of AIDS Fund, the local affiliate of The NAMES Project Foundation, which manages the powerful tribute to victims of AIDS. More than 48,000 individual three-by-six-foot memorial panels – most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS – have been sewn together by friends, lovers, and family or loved ones.

AIDS Fund (www.aidsfundphilly.org) brings together and works with diverse communities from across the Philadelphia region to increase awareness of HIV and AIDS in local communities. AIDS Fund produces a variety of fundraising and awareness programs throughout the year, including AIDS Walk Philly, AIDS Run Philly, GayBINGO!, Black-Tie GayBINGO!, World AIDS Day, and Workplace Giving Campaigns.

OBSP has also partnered with 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. A portion of each regular-priced ticket sold for performances of Rent and OBSP’s fall production of The Normal Heart will be donated to the South Jersey AIDS Alliance.

Representatives from the South Jersey AIDS Alliance will also take part in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with the cast and crew of Rent following the April 19 and 24 performances.

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