HIVoices® is a unique, theatrical experience that has been developed as a collaborative effort between Falcon Theatre, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, the Cincinnati Health Network, and AIDS Volunteers of Northern Kentucky.
HIVoices® explores the human experience of living with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Developed from true stories, HIVoices® is a series of personal monologues and now, a new play in which a young man who has recently been diagnosed as HIV positive attends a support group for those living with HIV, upon the recommendation of his doctor and to please his mother. We find out as the play progresses that he is considering suicide and attending this meeting is his last-ditch effort to see if there is any hope for him. The others attempt to encourage him by telling their stories. At the end of Act One, whether or not he will return to the group is unknown; however, in Act Two, he does return, and at the end of the play opens up to the other group members and begins to tell his own story.
Both the monologues and the play shed light on the triumphs and tensions that exist for individuals as they navigate their medical and service provider experience, personal relationships with loved ones, and society in general. These stories represent the transformative, emotional life experience that occurs as those living with HIV integrate the disease into their lives. Each story is as special, personal and individual as the life it represents.
HIVoices® is a vehicle to bring awareness of the impact of HIV to audiences everywhere, and has been presented at the National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care and Treatment and at the 34th National Conference on Social Work and HIV/AIDS .
The spoken introduction to the HIVoices® program captures the essence and passion of the work.
Read it here: HIVoices intro
For information about booking an HIVoices® performance for your organization, contact Clint Ibele, FTF Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
“What a wonderful production – I was sincerely impressed with all aspects of it. This is a great way of educating people on so many levels through combining facts and information with the telling of stories that take you through a full range of emotions. The stories are heartwarming and compelling and the actors are very talented, playing multiple people.”
Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH
District Director of Health, Northern Kentucky Health Department
“What a great way to inform people that not only are individuals dealing with their diagnosis but they also have to deal with stigma and everyday life situations.”
Carlos Lopez, Case Manager, Northern Kentucky Health Department
“Giving voice and telling these stories is so important.”
Mark J. Hillenbrand, MSW, LISW
“What a powerful project HIVoices is! Thanks to you and Falcon Theatre for meaningful community outreach.”
“It seems important to listen to these stories and be more aware.”
Aspen Stein, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
“I really admire the mission of this project, and your dedication to education and outreach. I think the work that you and Falcon Theater are doing is extremely important, and I hope that you are able to continue to grow and evolve HIVoices and leave a lasting impact on our community.”
Abigail Karr, Miami University, Oxford, Oh.
- National Conference on Social Works HIV/AIDS
- Ryan White Conference
- Cincinnati Health Network
- Campbell Country Public Library
- University of Cincinnati Medical Center – Infectious Disease Clinic Staff
- Miami University, Oxford, OH
- Kentucky Public Health Association