"As Is" by William M. Hoffman
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"As Is" is a play by William M. Hoffman. The Circle Repertory Company and The Glines co-production, directed by Marshall W. Mason, opened on March 10, 1985 at the Circle Theatre, where it ran for 49 performances. The Broadway production, produced by John Glines, Lawrence Lane, Lucille Lortel, and the Shubert Organization, opened on May 1 at the Lyceum Theatre, where it ran for 285 performances following six previews.

It was one of the first plays, and subsequent television films, depicting how the pandemic was affecting LGBT Americans, being produced shortly before Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart was first performed on April 21, 1985.

Synopsis

Place: New York City
Time: The Present (1985)

As Is focuses on the effect AIDS, then a fairly new pandemic, has on a group of friends living in New York City.

Characters

  • Hospice Worker (female)
  • Rich
  • Saul
  • Chet
  • Lily
  • Business Partner (female)
  • Brother
  • Clones
  • Pat (male)
  • Barney
  • Nurse (male)
  • Orderly (male)

Production History

Opening Venue Company
Apr 26, 1987 Circle Repertory Theatre Circle Repertory Company
May 1, 1985 Lyceum Theatre
March 10, 1985 Circle Theatre Circle Repertory Company & The Glines
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