Finding ‘Creative Rebellious Gay Boys’ in the US AIDS Archive and Repertoire with the Aid of Bakhtinian Centrifugal Tendencies
In my close reading of Dan Fishback’s solo play thirtynothing (2011) I explore how presenting in performance, revolutionary moments and figures from US AIDS history, might be revelatory and inspiring for young gay people. Within the context of the ‘invisibility’ of AIDS and a gay generation gap, inviting spectators to reflect on their awareness of AIDS history, and to place themselves within a gay lineage, has political uses. This invitation is made possible by the Bakhtinian centrifugal tendencies (allegory, metaphor, remembrances and juxtapositions) within thirtynothing that draw spectators in and invite them to place their own lives amidst the action on stage. In so doing, performer and spectators jointly elucidate how the effects of AIDS continue beyond the performance space today.
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