Twenty-fifth Anniversary Production of Professor William M. Hoffman's Play 'As Is' Comes to Theatre Row
October 14, 2010
Professor William M. Hoffman's award-winning play "As Is"—one of the first plays to tackle the AIDS crisis in America—reached a new generation when it premiered October 14 at Manhattan's Studio Theatre for its twenty-fifth anniversary.
The play examines the relationship between an HIV-positive man and his ex-lover, who returns to his side in a time of need. Winner of the 1986 OBIE Award for Distinguished Playwriting and The Drama Desk Award for Best Production of a Play, "As Is" portrays the confusion and fear that gripped the nation as the disease first spread. The play was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize.
"I am delighted that the Apple Core Company, a vital young group, has decided to revisit my work in a splendid new production," says Professor Hoffman, a member of the Department of Journalism, Communication, and Theatre. "In America, as well as the rest of the world, AIDS has not disappeared. Millions of people are still being infected and are still living with and dying from the virus, so my story of one man who is dealing with this disease still has resonance and currency."
Professor Hoffman's other works include "Cornbury: The Queen's Governor," a masque titled "The Cows of Apollo," an opera titled "Morning Star," and the libretto to "The Ghosts of Versailles," which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and composed by Lehman College Distinguished Professor of Music John Corigliano. Professor Hoffman is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment Awards, and two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is the host of the television series Conversations With William M. Hoffman, which airs over BronxNet and CUNY TV, and features a series of discussions with major theatre and musical figures of our times.
Founded in 2009 by Allison Taylor and the play's director Walter J. Hoffman (no relation to the playwright), Apple Core Theater Company produces emotional, entertaining plays by American writers, and is committed to providing affordable theater to New York City. "As Is" will run at The Studio Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42 Street) on Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 3 p.m. through October 31. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 or by visiting www.applecoretheatercompany.org.