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Pitt Men’s Study Co-Sponsors Play as Part of World AIDS Day Activities

WHAT: “Looking for Magic: A Modern Tale of Parents, Coming Out, and AIDS 

WHO: Co-sponsored by The Pitt Men’s Study, the LAMBDA Foundation and the Actor’s Co-Op, and directed by Debra Gordon and Marci Woodruff, this play was written by Pittsburgh native Beverly Pollock.

WHEN: 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2; 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3; 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011

WHERE: The Henry Heymann Theatre in the Stephen Collins Foster Memorial, University of Pittsburgh

WHY: The premiere of “Looking for Magic,” a production that aims to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS and its impact on families and partners, will coincide with World AIDS Day 2011 events. Narrated from a parent’s point of view, the play also addresses sexual identity and family relationships.

There will be a discussion session immediately following the December 4 performance. Proceeds benefit the Shepherd Wellness Community, the only AIDS community center in western Pennsylvania.

The Pitt Men’s Study is a confidential research study of the natural history of HIV/AIDS. Funded by the National Institutes of Health and part of the national Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), the Pitt Men’s Study has, for nearly 30 years, followed approximately 3,000 men to gather information on the epidemiology, virology, immunology and pathology of HIV. It is part of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health’s Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. 

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