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This collection of plays creatively explores the HIV/AIDS crisis, especially as it is experienced by women within communities of color in the U.S. Postive/Negative explores both individual and community issues, ranging from deeply personal reck-onings with grief and anger to the broader institutional problems of homophobia, poverty, racism, sex-ism, and access to health care.
Author of Love and Danger and Do You Have Time to Die?, both of which have been produced in the San Francisco Bay Area, Imani Harrington is a longtime AIDS activist who has been living with HIV for more than a decade.
Active in the AIDS field since 1987, Chyrell Bellamy is currently a doctoral student at the University of Michigan. Her research includes prevention and treatment issues of women living with HIV.
|Foreword: Trouble Don't Last Always||11|
|The Premise: Unveiling Positive and Negative Consciousness||13|
|American Theater, Women, and the Epidemic||28|
|Prologue: Loves That Kill||33|
|Now and then||57|
|Ilka: The Dream||85|
|Epilogue: Elba's Birthday||99|
|Love & Danger||103|
|Allah appears as an eyelash in brooklyn||156|
|One Less Queen||168|
|The Watermelon Factory||219|
|Dolly: Old Lady, Love, and Life||240|
|Like Mama Like Daughter||242|
|Black Power Barbie||247|
|Ashes to Ashes||282|
|I Got You Under My Skin||312|
|Theater, Acting, and Writing Exercises||323|
|Positive/Negative: A Workbook||331|
|References and Further Reading||333|