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KEARNS DELIVERS AN ANTHOLOGY OF 3 PLAYS OOZING WITH SEX, VIOLENCE & HOMOEROTICISM

While the books written by Kearns may be initially categorized as “theatre books”, don’t be fooled by that limited description. His books contain multitudes, capturing the human condition, often at its most extreme. Who’s Afraid of Michael Kearns? is his eighth book and follows the same exploration of what it’s like to be human in a world that is challenged by unspeakable tragedy that hovers over his
the lives of his characters.

His first book, T-Cells & Sympathy, was one of the first collections of AIDS monologues, delving into those with HIV/AIDS who were virtually invisible; their stories were silenced because they “weren’t necessarily camera ready,” Kearns says. “If my work elicited fear or a sense of discomfort, I was doing my job.”

During the twenty-five years since T-Cells was published, Kearns’ output is notable for his relentless attention to putting AIDS in the spotlight, a cause he has never waivered from. The trio of titles that comprise this new anthology, out now and available on Amazon, might not directly have an AIDS plotline but the disease is still there, as it is in life, destructive and sometimes
illuminating.

On May 1st, watch for a launch at Skylight Books where Kearns has enjoyed collaboration for decades as he has at Skylight Theatre next door where he is an Artistic Associate. The Skylight Books event will feature actors of note reading from Kearns’ work in the book which includes Who’s Afraid of Edward Albee?, Bang Bang, and Bloodbound.

The playwright defines the mission that has driven him and kept him relevant for an enduring, multi-faceted career. In the Introduction to Who’s Afraid of Michael Kearns?, he writes that he tries to “make sense of this world we live in. The only way I can do that is to empathize with everyone: misfits, rebels, cons, whores, murderers, renegades, poets, priests, babies, the wounded, the wasted, the wanderers: those who manage to survive.”

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