AIDS still exists and is still killing many people in Oklahoma, the United States and abroad. This reality has in many ways fallen to the way side.
Local artists involved with theater and performing arts, and other groups are hoping to give back to the Oklahoma City community are trying to change the situation, both through an organization that helps the people living with HIV and AIDS, and one that educates the community on the dangers of HIV, AIDS, and unsafe sex.
RAIN Oklahoma not only helps people living with these terrible diseases, but is involved in HIV and AIDS education as well.
Falsettos, with music and lyrics by William Finn, and book by William Finn and James Lapine, is described as “the seamless pairing of March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, acclaimed off-Broadway musicals written nearly a decade apart.
Falsettos won Tony Awards in 1992 for best book and musical score. It is the tale of Marvin, who leaves his wife and young son to live with another man. His ex-wife marries his psychiatrist, and Marvin ends up alone. Two years later, Marvin is reunited with his lover on the eve of his son’s bar mitzvah, just as AIDS is beginning its insidious spread.
Examining day-to-day relationships, and the love of friends and family, “Falsettos” is at once heartbreaking, funny, intelligent, and moving. Emotionally engaging, “Falsettos” touches on concepts of life, loss, relationships, alternative families, and relationships of love that develop.
The story is set at the turn of the 1980s when HIV/ AIDS was first becoming more apparent as the epidemic it became.
“Falsettos” runs June 3-4 and 9-11. All shows are at 8 p.m. at City Arts Center, on the OK Fairgrounds. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.
Visit the website, www.falsettosokc.com, to purchase tickets, and donate to the cause. All proceeds from the show, donations and a silent auction will help fund RAIN Oklahoma.
The cast for Falsetto includes Marvin (Lance J Overdorff), Whizzer (Scott Hynes) Trina (Jodi Nestander), Mendel (Cole Long), Jason (Colin Anderson), Dr. Charlotte (Leslie Dumas), and Cordelia (Kris Grimes).
The crew includes director Robert Matson, musical director Kris Grimes and stage manager Michael Greene. Please note: This show is rated PG-13, and contains adult language and adult situations.