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New York City, 1985. Rich, a young writer who is beginning to find success, is breaking up with his longtime lover, Saul, a professional photographer. However Rich's idyll with his new lover is short-lived when he learns that he has contracted the terrifying new disease AIDS and returns to Saul for sanctuary as he awaits its slow and awful progress. In a mosaic of brilliantly conceived short scenes, blending humour, poignance and dazzling theatricality, As Is captures the pathos of Rich's relationship with friends and family, the cold impersonality of the doctors and nurses who care for him and the widely diverse aspects of New York's gay community. A heartbreaking and unsparing examination of a deeply felt human relationship shattered by a mindless, destructive disease. The first London production since the 1987 UK premiere of William M. Hoffman's As IsPerformers Jordon Bernarde, Tom Colley, John Hastings, Tom Kay, Clare Kissane, David Poyner, Paul Standell, Anna Tierney.
Author William M. Hoffman. Presented by Arion Productions (in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre). Director Andrew Keates. Design Philip Lindley. Costume Philippa Batt. Lighting Tim Deiling. Music Matthew Strachan. Sound Will Jackson. Other Sarah Stephenson (dialect coaching).
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