William M Hoffman’s As Is to run at Trafalgar Studios
William M Hoffman’s As Is, which was billed as the first play about AIDS when it premiered 30 years ago, is to run at Trafalgar Studios next month.
As Is will be directed by Andrew Keates and will run at Trafalgar Studios 2 from July 1 to August 1, with press night on July 3.
Keates also directed the play at the Finborough Theatre in 2013, after which he was diagnosed with HIV.
He said: “When I first directed As Is there were three reasons why I wanted to mount a production of this extraordinary play. Firstly, because it is an authentic immediate response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Secondly, to honour all of those who were lost to AIDS during those impossible times and, lastly, because if as a result of seeing As Is even one person was inspired to get tested for HIV and discovered they were positive then they could receive the vital treatment they needed. I had never dreamed that person would be me.”
Steven Webb and David Poynor will lead the production’s cast, alongside Dino Fetscher, Jane Lowe and Giles Cooper. Natalie Burt, Russell Morton and Bevan Celestine complete the cast.
Tim McQuillen-Wright will design the production, which includes a specially commissioned score by Matthew Strachan and costume by Philippa Batt and Tobias Fairclough.
Lighting will be by Neill Brinkworth and sound will be by James Nicholson.
Alongside the production there will be debates, question and answer sessions and education seminars, with speakers exploring subjects concerning those affected by HIV and AIDS.
As Is is produced by Arion Productions.