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"Prospect.3: Notes…

Jan 24 - 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

17th Annual Martin…

Jan 24 - Mar 7, 2015
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AfroFuturism – A Talk…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
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Alliance Francaise

Jan 24 - 31, 2015
Learn French with the Alliance Française- now in METAIRIE! Our next… more

Andrew Jackson: Hero…

Jan 24 - Mar 29, 2015
THNOC's exhibition tracks Jackson's rise from humble beginnings to immortality… more

Artist Spotlight…

Jan 24 - Mar 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

BODY ELECTRIC Group…

Jan 24 - Mar 1, 2015
Inspired by Walt Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric", this… more

Closing Celebration…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
Join us as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art remains open until midnight for ONE… more

Family Art Workshop…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
Join us for the Family Art Workshop "Still Life,"  at the New… more

Family Day

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
 Performing and visual arts collide on Family Day! Bring the whole family… more

Feral Cat TNR…The…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
Feral Cat TNR...The Basics and Beyond Workshop, sponsored by the LA/SPCA will… more

Forgotten Conflicts:…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection presents Forgotten Conflicts: Indians,… more

Gallery Talk with…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
Photographer Mark Steinmetz and Ogden Museum Curator of Photography Richard… more

Health & Fitness Expo

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
For two days, over 60 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest… more

Henry Turner Jr. &…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
Listen to some catchy tunes and upbeat dance numbers, as well as enjoy some… more

House of Blues…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
This New Orleans based rock trio brings thought-out lyrics and high energy to… more

How to Be: A Panel…

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
This panel explores the responsibility of the artist in regard to their social… more

Lauren Sturm

Jan 24 - 24, 2015
A spirited performer who can be seen regularly in venues of New Orleans, as… more

Le Petit Theatre…

Jan 24 - 25, 2015
Broadway's first rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice illuminates the… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

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Join us for live entertainment featuring Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes. … more

"Prospect.3: Notes…

Jan 24 - 25, 2015
Prospect New Orleans, the International Contemporary Art Biennial,  will… more

Lee Blessing’s “Patient A”

September 27 – 28, 2013
  • Location: Lower Depths Theater
  • Address: 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Admission: $12 general admission, $8 Loyola faculty, staff, students, & seniors
  • Contact: Jess Brown
  • Phone: 504-861-5882
  • Email: jlbrown@loyno.edu
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The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at Loyola University New Orleans kicks off the 2013-14 season with Lee Blessing’s “Patient A,” a dramatic exploration of the first-known case of clinical transmission of HIV. The play will run in the Lower Depths Theater in the Communications/Music Complex Sept. 27, 28 and Oct. 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.

Based on a true story, the play examines issues of testing, discrimination and personal responsibility against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic in America. In the late 1980s, Kimberly Ann Bergalis was one of six patients infected with HIV after visiting David J. Acer, a dentist who had AIDS. Commissioned by her family, “Patient A” recounts Bergalis’ case of contracting AIDS.

As the play unfolds, Blessing actually becomes part of the story as an essential observer. The on-stage encounters between Bergalis and Blessing reflect both their real-life relationship and their respective characters in the play. The storyline continues with the introduction of a third character, Matthew, who represents the immeasurable number of gay men who have suffered in the AIDS epidemic. “Patient A” spotlights the media and political spectacles surrounding Bergalis’ case while also explaining the three characters’ struggles and feelings about themselves and each other.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $8 for Loyola faculty, staff, students and seniors. For tickets and information, visit montage.loyno.edu or call 504-865-2074. Free parking is available in the West Road Garage located on West Road and accessible from St. Charles Avenue.

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