Fashion, drama, music, and HIV collide at “RED A Positive Day!” and it’s all for a great cause.
The show was written by Vancouver’s Dean Thullner, a 53-year-old gay man who has lived with HIV since being diagnosed in the 1980s. The 120 member cast of Vancouver designers, models, dancers, musicians, politicians, activists, and advocates will take the audience through theatrical journey following a day in life of two people living with HIV/AIDS.
“The message is that if you wake up, you take your pills, you’ve got the ability have your job, and your friends and lifestyle,” says Thullner.
Proceeds from the event will go to Positive Living BC, the province’s largest provider of support and services for residents living with HIV and AIDS. The partnership came after Thullner was shown the plight of those living with HIV and AIDS on the street, and wanted to extend the same helping hand he received from organizations like St. Paul’s Hospital.
“I was informed that a lot of people in the Downtown Eastside, or the marginalized and stigmatized communities, were still struggling with HIV and AIDS and I thought ‘What a shame,'” he says. “The gay community has had so many resources, we’ve had so many people on our side. How can I help?”
Among the cast are Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry, Barb Snelgrove of Roundhouse Radio, Carl Meadows of The Foundation of Hope, and many, many more. By telling the story of those living with HIV and AIDS, Thullner says the community is coming together to let people in similar situations know they are not alone.
“Through music, through dance, and a bit of theatre we’re going to tell the story of a 12 hour day. [It’s] really, really amazing, and I’m really proud of the community stepped forward and said ‘You know what? We’re going to make a difference,'” he says.
When: Saturday, February 20
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
Vancity Buzz is a proud sponsor of RED A Positive Day.