By Adam Hetrick
and Andrew Gans
22 May 2013
|Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN|
Tony nominee Robert La Fosse directed Drake's play, which was re-imagined from a one-man show to one featuring an ensemble cast.
"The 20th anniversary performance was a moving, exhilarating success," said Tom Viola, executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in a statement. "Under Robert's superb direction, the brilliant ensemble cast joined David in an explosive re-working of what had been landmark solo work. We were so proud to be a part of this evening, celebrating the present, remembering the heartbreak and still committed to a better future."
The one-night-only reading featured the talents of Drake, Brandon Cordeiro, two-time Tony Award nominee Robin De Jesús, two-time Tony nominee André De Shields, Claybourne Elder, Tony nominee Rory O'Malley, Anthony Rapp, Wesley Taylor, Chad Ryan, Donald C. Shorter, Jr., Aaron Tone and Tony winner BD Wong.
"What began as an expression of my feelings became a work that reflected the cultural zeitgeist of a community," Drake said in a recent statement. "When the 20th anniversary of the play approached, I started thinking about a reconfigured version with a cast, rather than as a solo performance. Incorporating a full cast conveys today’s passionate cries from our community’s heart while honoring the legacy of activism that brought us to this transformative moment in our history."
For more information on the Sero Project, which is working to end inappropriate criminal prosecutions of people with HIV, go to seroproject.com.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $225 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.