Benita Roth explores the rise of the ACT UP/LA during the ’80s and ’90s in new book

By : Scottie Campbell
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Benita Roth is a professor of sociology, history and women’s studies at Binghamton University so it is unsurprising that The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA is academic and will primarily have a life as assigned reading in college courses. Dense and meticulously annotated, it makes for a cumbersome, though essential, read.

ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was born in New York City in 1987 when Larry Kramer, disillusioned with the Gay Men’s Health Crisis he co-founded, challenged an audience to create a more effective organization. ACT UP/LA was formed in December of the same year and, unlike ACT UP/NY which is still in existence (albeit decidedly more quiet these days), lasted a decade until its remaining three members voted it out of existence.

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Larry Kramer’s seminal piece about the AIDS crisis comes to life at freeFall

By : Steve Blanchard
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St. Petersburg – On the set of freeFall’s current production of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s play about the very early days of the AIDS crisis in New York, there are brick walls in the background to represent apartments and offices, and a white hospital bed positioned in the middle of the floor.

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