Are you a child of the 1980s? How many of these albums did you have on repeat on your Sony Walkman? Get into the period mood ahead of seeing Steven Dietz’s American AIDS-era two-hander Lonely Planet, transferring this month to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios. Time to get booking!
It’s the 1980s. An unknown American city. There is no internet and mobile phones are a rarity. A photo appears at a local store of a person’s torso with lesions all over. This is how people became aware of an unknown virus which ended up decimating the gay community. The medical world barely knew what it was or how it got passed around and the moment you realise you’ve contracted this disease, it’s just too late.
How would you react if you thought you might have a life-threatening disease? Would you want to know, or not?
Steven Dietz‘s two-hander Lonely Planet is a moving, funny and intimate play that focuses on the friendship between gay men Jody and Carl, played again by Alexander McMorran and Aaron Vodovoz. The play shows an individual’s struggle to come to terms with illness, their own mortality and the stigma associated with AIDS. Ian Brown directs.
Lonely Planet runs from 12 June to 7 July 2018 at London’s Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY. Performances are Monday to Saturdays at 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £20-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!