UNTIL THERE’S A CURE FOUNDATION – meets “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City”

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Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
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American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is proud to host Until There’s A Cure Foundation at its world premiere production of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. During three performances (Tuesday, June 28th, at 8 pm; Wednesday, June 29th, at 2 pm and 8 pm), the foundation will sell its unique line of bracelets before the show, during intermission, and following the performance. Until There’s A Cure Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness about HIV/AIDS through the sale of The Bracelet, a signature cuff-style bracelet symbolizing the fight against HIV/AIDS. All proceeds fund prevention education, care services, and vaccine development. The cast of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City will also perform the national anthem at the 18th annual “Until There’s A Cure Day” San Francisco Giants Game on July 18th (Giants vs versus the Dodgers) – the largest public event the foundation hosts each year. Until There’s A Cure Foundation was the first nonprofit organization to create and sell a bracelet to raise funds for a cause. It was designed by Isabel Geddes of Florence, Italy, in 1993. The product line now includes eleven different styles of bracelets, made from varied materials and representing price points from $1 to $125. Several of the bracelets provide a market for HIV–positive craftspeople and support AIDS care and prevention in the developing world.

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JUDY KAYE – as “Anna Madrigal” (center)
MARY BIRDSONG – as “Mona Ramsey” (Mary Birdsong)
Scenic Designs by Douglas W. Schmidt
Photo, Kevin Berne

“When we read studies showing that only 6 percent of the American public thinks AIDS is a serious problem that can directly affect their future, we know there is much more to do to increase the outreach of our awareness message and to reduce the incidence of HIV through education,” says Until There’s A Cure Executive Director Nora Hanna. “We are very grateful to American Conservatory Theater for allowing us this honor of participating by collecting donations.”

Three decades after Armistead Maupin mesmerized millions with his daily column in the city’s newspapers, detailing the lives and multiple loves of Mary Ann, Mouse, Mona, Brian, and their beloved but mysterious landlady, Mrs. Madrigal, his iconic San Francisco saga has come home as a momentous new musical from the Tony Award–winning creators of Avenue Q – Jeff Whitty and Jason Moore – and the musical minds behind the glam-rock phenomenon Scissor Sisters – composers Jake Shears and John Garden. The world premiere musical amassed the largest advance sale in A.C.T.’s history prior to its first preview performance on May 18th and continues to break sales records throughout its sold-out run. Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City has just been extended through July 31, 2011, at the American Conservatory Theater (415 Geary Street, San Francisco).
Click here to purchase tickets on-line: Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City

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Patrick Lane (Brian), Betsy Wolfe (Mary Ann), Wesley Taylor (“Mouse”)
Josh Breckenridge (Jon). Photo, Kevin Berne

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