Comedy Central comedian Jade Esteban Estrada will perform “A Lullaby for Ryan: The History of HIV/AIDS in America” at 7 p.m. on Thurs., July 26 at MCC of the Spirit in Harrisburg, PA.
Admission is FREE although love offerings will be accepted to benefit Alder Health Services, a regional provider of HIV and LGBT primary care health services in Harrisburg and Lancaster.
“A Lullaby for Ryan” incorporates comedy with a tribute to Ryan White. White was an American teenager who became an HIV/AIDS poster child in the 1980s when he was expelled from school because of his disease, which he contracted from a contaminated blood treatment.
Estrada’s method is particularly interesting because he uses entertainment-education in his shows. He uses comedy to educate people about HIV/AIDS. The approach is appealing, particularly to young people. The audience is entertained and at the same time learning.
Synopsis: Solo theatre artist Jade Esteban Estrada chronicles the last quarter century of the AIDS epidemic in the United States with stories of courage, strength and human triumph. Meet “Boobs” AKA the Bubonic Plague, Jimmy, real estate agent in New York in 1981, movie star Rock Hudson, Miss Protease Inhibitor 1996, Bill McPhil, a Texan cowboy and LaShonda Johnson, a housewife in south side Chicago. The Southwest Actors Guide calls Estrada “one of the finest solo theatre artists of the 21st century.”
Play, Book, Music & Lyrics written by Jade Esteban Estrada
Additional musical arrangements by Frank Marasco, Jr.
Please visit Jade Esteban Estrada’s website for more information about his past, present and future work.