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Memories of a Supernatural AIDS Crisis
The STUDIO - Hilberry Gateway
Detroit, MI
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Jun 29, 2024 7:00 PM

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Memories of a Supernatural AIDS Crisis
In this queer sci-fi drama set one hundred years in the future, Detroit is the last bastion of human life on Earth. Pandrion and Xylophlactis are in love and embark on a quest to choreograph forgotten memories of AIDS activism when they discover that HIV produces supernatural abilities.

Written & Directed by Marc Arthur

Performed by Notorious Pink Flowers, Yolanda Jack, and Joe Smentowski

Lighting Design by Justin Gibson

Audio Engineer John Pierre

Presented by Mighty Real / Queer Detroit (MR/QD)

Co-Produced with Theatre and Dance at Wayne State University

Supported by a Creative/Research grant from Wayne State University

Saturday, June 29th, 7 - 8pm

Run time: one hour without intermission.
No late seating.

Location: Hilberry Gateway - the STUDIO
4715 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Following the performance, the audience will be invited to stay for a roundtable discussion with artists and scholars about performance and HIV/AIDS in Detroit that is sponsored by the Center for Gender and Sexuality (CGS).


Marc Arthur is an artist, scholar, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Arthur completed his PhD in Performance Studies from New York University (2019) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Arts-based Social Justice Research and Practice at the University of Michigan (2019  2022) where he studied community-based performance approaches for decreasing HIV stigma and oppression. His performance work has been presented at theatres and galleries internationally, including the Martha Graham Dance Theater, La MaMa E.T.C., Dixon Place, The Living Theater, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, the Wild Project, University Settlement, and Chashama in New York City; New Langton Arts and David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco; Moyse Theatre at McGill University, Montreal; Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels; the Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice; Universität der Künste, Berlin; and FRISE, Hamburg. Arthurs writing and criticism has appeared in edited volumes and journals including Theatre Journal, TDR: The Drama Review, Bomb Magazine, and Canadian Theatre Review, as well as numerous edited collections. He has also written extensively for Performa Magazine, where he was editor (2015  2017). At Performa he also served as the Head of Research and Archives (2011  2017) where he organized touring exhibitions, curated programs, led interdisciplinary research projects with a wide range of artists.


Ill Be Your Mirror: Reflections of the Contemporary Queer is a month-long exhibition featuring over 170 artists and over 800 works spread across 12 Detroit venues  plus film screenings, artist talks, live performances, panels, and poetry readings. The exhibition explores the mirrored relationship between art and self as well as art and community, highlighting the role of art in achieving personal visibility and social connection. At once a rhapsodic celebration of queer culture and a testament to the power of representation through art, the exhibition marks a significant and joyful milestone for the art world, beginning a biannual tradition of showcasing and celebrating LGBTQ+ art on an international scale.  I'll Be Your Mirror: Reflections of the Contemporary Queer will run from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 30, in various Detroit galleries.


The Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance is housed in Wayne State Universitys College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, which is home to todays aspiring artists, performers, technicians, scholars, dancers, debaters, entrepreneurs, and communication professionals who all represent the colleges legacy of excellence in our respective fields. The college serves students majoring in 17 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs and three graduate certificates through its departments: the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art, Art History and Design, the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, and the Departments of Communication and Music. From debate to dance, jazz to journalism, and fashion design to center stage, our students create captivating performances, inspire artistic and academic excellence, and conduct innovative research on behalf of our Detroit community.


The STUDIO - Hilberry Gateway (View)
4715 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Marc Arthur
On BPT Since: May 02, 2024
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