In honor of National HIV Testing Day and in celebration of the final weekend of Pride month, Atlanta nonprofit The Counter Narrative Project has teamed up with a wealth of local Atlanta theater companies for a special virtual reading of the play “One in Two.”
Theater outlets involved include Out of Hand, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company and Out Front. “One in Two,” written by playwright Donja R. Love, is an exploration of what life is like for those who are Black, queer and living with HIV.
The title of the play is derived from the fact that a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study estimated, “if we do nothing about current rates of HIV transmission, one in two Black men who have sex with men will be diagnosed with HIV in his lifetime.”
The director of the production, Thandiwe Thomas De Shazor, and Charles Stephens, founder and executive director of The Counter Narrative Project, joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes for a conversation about the play and what it was like planning such an ambitious event digitally.