Voice Choices

THE BIG 3-0

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Six years ago, Dan Fishback protested the Gay Pride Parade: “Beyond the corporatization of the event, the very notion of gay pride felt unbelievably stupid. I’d always hated the term,” he said. But in the process of working on his solo performance, Thirtynothing, the musician and playwright came around to the concept. The piece explores the generation gap between the gay men who died of AIDS in the ’80s and the future gay men who were born at the same time (Fishback being one of them). To honor the 30th anniversary of the start of the AIDS crisis, and Fishback’s own 30th birthday, he undertook a research project to learn the stories of gay artists and activists who succumbed to the epidemic. “I suddenly get it,” Fishback said. “For the first time, I not only understand ‘gay pride,’ I actually have it.” Stephen Bracket directs.

Fri., April 8, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 9, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 10, 6 p.m., 2011