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THE LAVENDER EFFECT® #Queerstory Performance Series Presents "y2k"

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West Hollywood Park Auditorium

647 North San Vicente Boulevard

West Hollywood, CA 90069

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THE LAVENDER EFFECT® presents a free workshop performance of the new LGBTQ+ play “y2k” by Michael Liberatore, at West Hollywood Park Auditorium on Saturday December 15, 2018 at 7pm. Directed by Jill Andre and starring Mel England, Michael Vaccaro and Christopher Stephanic, “y2k” is set at the turn of the millennium in New York City in the critical days of the AIDS Epidemic during the emergence of life-saving drugs that transformed the landscape of Gay men’s relationships and lives. This special benefit performance of “y2k” is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division, and is part of The Lavender Effect's "Queerstory Performance Series” presenting theatre and performances celebrating LGBTQ+ history and culture.

“y2k” takes place in late 1999, amidst the panic of the y2k computer programming bug that was to threaten havoc on computers everywhere. Meanwhile, Gay men’s lives were — with the development of the new “cocktail” — suddenly being saved. The main character, Ralph (England) is still living with the PTSD of the early AIDS crisis and haunted by the ghost of his dead lover Neddy (Vaccaro). Ralf is surrounded by his new a new generation of Gay men, including his new boyfriend Sasha (Stefanic), who didn’t live through the hopeless beginnings of the AIDS crisis. “y2k” deals with the changing roles and identities that Gay men had to shape-shift from a closeted generation, to activists, to fighting for their lives. With the hope of the “cocktail” the question was: who are we now?

“Poised on a new era of sexual freedom, acceptance and liberation, AIDS changed how LGBTQ+ people were perceived… it was a period of tremendous growth, of learning how to care for others, find one’s tribe,” Liberatore writes in a forward to the play. He continues,” As the millennium approached, that way of life shifted again— this time with protease inhibitors reducing the death sentence of AIDS to a chronic, manageable illness. The tribe began to fall apart… Some of us were deeply conflicted. Grateful for a new chance at life--but lost as our cause morphed into something completely different. Something foreign and not within our control.”

– Michael Liberatore, Playwright

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