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Marching in Gucci
June 21, 2018 - June 23, 2018
Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Black AIDS Activist
A Multi-Media Solo Performance by Chad Goller-Sojourner
In Partnership with Gay City, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, & 4-Culture
Performances: June 21 at 7:30 p.m. • June 22 at 7:30 p.m. • June 23 at 3:30 p.m. • June 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Set in New York City (NYC) during the height of the AIDS Crisis, Marching in Gucci: Memoirs of a Well-Dressed Black AIDS Activist is a multimedia solo performance that explores the paradoxical and precarious relationship between fighting AIDS while simultaneously engaging in self-harming behaviors.
Despite bearing the statistical brunt of United States’ HIV/AIDS epidemic, Black gay men and our stories have yet to secure our rightful seat at the collective AIDS Crisis narrative table. This leaves us with two options – wait for an invitation that is never coming or answer the call of our ancestor Marlon Riggs who said, “When nobody speaks your name or even knows it, you, knowing it, must be the first to speak it.”
I moved to NYC in the fall of 1992. The next three years would be the most deadly period of the AIDS epidemics. AIDS became the leading cause of death among persons 25 to 44 years old and eighth overall in the nation. In my second year, AIDS took the lives of 40,000 U.S. residents that accounted for 23% of all U.S. deaths among men and 32% of all deaths among African American men. During year three, AIDS deaths reached an all-time high of 50,000. Only 8,000 deaths less than the number of American casualties lost during the 20-year Vietnam War. A disproportionate number of those who died were Black and artists. The fact that I am still alive has never been lost on me.
About Chad Goller-Sojourner
Chad Goller-Sojourner is a Seattle-based writer, solo-performer, and recipient of the distinguished Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. His work has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and featured on National Public Radio (NPR). In 2013, he debuted his sophomore solo show Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness. This production showcases the groundbreaking and crushingly honest story of what happens when a black boy, raised by white parents, ages out of honorary white and suburban privilege and into a world where folklore, statistics, and conjecture deem him dangerous until proven otherwise. Goller-Sojourner’s inaugural solo show Sitting in Circles with Rich White Girls: Memoirs of a Bulimic Black Boy debuted July 2008 and chronicles the performer’s life-long affair with the scale and 10-plus year liaison with an eating disorder.