Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project to Present PRELUDE TO WORLD AIDS DAY: LONGTIME COMPANION, 11/25

Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project is remembering those who passed and still suffer from HIV/AIDS with their Annual "Prelude To World AIDS Day" presentation of a staged play reading of Craig Lucas' screenplay "LONGTIME COMPANION".

"LONGTIME COMPANION" features an award winning cast featuring Katherine Michelle Tanner ; CHRIS CRAWFORD; Brian Shea; STEVEN GARLAND; Larry Alexander and Chris Jackson with VINCENT STALBA; Joey Panek; JIM SORENSON; JONELLE MARIE MEYER,DREW DECARO and Daniel Harris. All donating their time and talents for this production.

"LONGTIME COMPANION", follows the lives of a small circle of friends from the first mention of the disease in the New York Times in 1981. First referred to as "Gay-Related-Immune-Disorder," we watch the effect of the disease as it devastates the lives of our protagonists. Jumping between Manhattan and Fire Island, vignettes carry us from the-it-couldn't-happen-to-me mentality of the early days of the disease to the invasive effect it has had on all of our lives, today. The title of the film comes from the New York Times' refusal to acknowledge homosexual relationships in their obituary section during this period. Instead, survivors were referred to as "Longtime Companions" of the deceased.

By special permission from Craig Lucas, this "one-night-only" performance will benefit PWA (People with AIDS) programs at Metropolitan Charities of Pinellas .

Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness, provide assistance, and perpetuate a life of dignity for those affected and infected by HIV and AIDS.

PRELUDE TO WORLD AIDS DAY : LONGTIME COMPANION will perform: Monday, November 25, at American Stage Theatre, 163 3rd St. N. St. Petersburg. Doors open at 7:00pm, curtain time is 7:30pm. Admission is Pay-What-You-Will at the door. Advance purchase tickets are available for $15. Cash bar will be available. For further information contact American Stage at 727-823-PLAY or

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