Featuring Philadelphia's Hotel Obligado

hotelobligadophoto3-web.jpgPerformances: January 24-27, 30-31 and February 1-2, 2008 at 8 PM
$12-$20 sliding scale admission
Tickets available at the door, by phone at 415-864-8855, or through http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Hotel Obligado's ground-breaking physical theater production explores a new drug epidemic in America’s cities. One of Philadelphia’s most innovative theater companies is taking a
captivating look at the skyrocketing rates of HIV among gay men who use crystal methamphetamine in an original production, Beauty Is. Beauty Is explores the underlying emotional reasons people engage in self-destructive behavior and raises awareness about the dangers of crystal methamphetamine, known as "Tina" in gay communities across America. The ensemble production features a four-person cast and is an original work written, scored, and choreographed by
San Francisco-based playwright Matthew Graham Smith and Hotel Obligado ensemble members. Beauty Is evokes the raw emotionality of missed connections, repressed tenderness, and painful pleasure people on Tina experience. It uses the graphic physicality and rushed extremism they embody
to enact the fantasies and horrors of using crystal methamphetamine. Named one of the Top Ten
Productions of 2006-2007 by the Philadelphia Weekly, it also earned Robin Marcotte the Weekly’s award
of Best Choreographer.

Beauty Is runs 55 minutes with no intermission. Each show will be followed by a post-performance talkback. Representatives of Tweaker.org, the Stonewall Project, and the Stop AIDS Project have generously agreed to act as facilitators. This production is recommended for patrons 18+.

Beauty Is has been made possible by The Gilead Foundation and the MAC AIDS Foundation. For more information, please visit www.hotelobligado.org.