FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 16, 2008
EDITORIAL CONTACT: Gina Logue, 615-898-5081
“YOU SHALL LIVE” SHINES LIGHT ON HIV IN BLACK COMMUNITY
Nashville Playwright’s Work to be Dramatized at MTSU for Black History Month
(MURFREESBORO) – “You Shall Live,” a dramatic presentation about the impact of HIV/AIDS, will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, at MTSU’s Tucker Theatre in the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building. The production was created by Nashville playwright Timothy Hampton, aka Thunder Kellie.
The central character is a young woman who returns home from New York to tell her father that she has tested positive for HIV. She is certain the church community in which she grew up will support her, but instead she suffered ridicule. Her plight prompts her father to bring an HIV counselor and HIV-positive people into the church to enlighten the congregation.
“A continuous HIV/AIDS conversation is crucial in terms of understanding, prevention, maintenance and compassion,” says Vincent Windrow, director of MTSU’s Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs (IDA). “Thunder Kellie and his group do an awesome job at facilitating that conversation.” “You Shall Live” is sponsored by IDA as part of the university’s Black History Month activities.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased either at the door or by contacting Valerie Avent at 615-898-5812.