As Is (play)
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|Written by||William M. Hoffman|
|Date premiered||10 March 1985|
|Place premiered||Circle Repertory Theatre|
New York City
|Setting||New York City|
As Is is a play written by William M. Hoffman.
The play was first produced by Circle Repertory Company (Circle Rep) and The Glines and directed by Marshall W. Mason. It opened on March 10, 1985 at the Circle Rep in New York City, where it ran for 49 performances.
The subsequent Broadway production, produced by John Glines, Lawrence Lane, Lucille Lortel, and the Shubert Organization, opened on May 1, 1985 at the Lyceum Theatre, where it ran for 285 performances following six previews. The cast included Robert Carradine, Jonathan Hadary, Jonathan Hogan, Lou Liberatore, Ken Kliban, and Claris Erickson.
As Is portrays the effect that AIDS, a relatively new epidemic in the 1980s, has on a group of friends living in New York City. It was one of the first plays, and subsequent television films, depicting how the epidemic was affecting gay Americans. As Is opened shortly before Larry Kramer's play about AIDS, The Normal Heart, was first performed on April 21, 1985.
This play depicts a gay couple, Saul and Rich, who open the play, and their separation. Rich’s firm decision to separate is reversed when he returns to Saul after contracting AIDS from his new lover. Seeking emotional support, Rich shows how people with AIDS were treated by the American family, doctors, and friends. Their impersonal and detached attitudes lead Rich to recognize the importance of the partner for the gay individual.
In 1986, Hoffman adapted the play for a television production directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg starring Hadary, Carradine, and Colleen Dewhurst. Both Hadary and Carradine were nominated for CableACE Awards.
Awards and nominations
In 2010, New York's Apple Core Theater Company produced a revival. The play was also produced at London's Finborough Theatre, directed by Andrew Keates. The London production was named critics' choice by the London edition of Time Out magazine, and transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in 2015.
- "As Is - 2013 Productions - Finborough Theatre". www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
- "William M Hoffman's As Is to run at Trafalgar Studios | News | The Stage". The Stage. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
- As Is at the Internet Broadway Database
- As Is at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- As Is on IMDb
- Frank Rich (11 March 1985). "Stage: 'As Is,' About AIDS, Opens". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
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