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Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

by Bill Russell and Janet Hood

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Presented in partnership with Caracole and in observation of International AIDS Memorial Day and annual Pride Celebrations, Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens shares the stories of 31 people from all walks of life who are affected by HIV/AIDS. Through free-verse monologues and songs with a blues, jazz, and rock score, the perspectives of both those who died and those they left behind offer a broad look at the impact of the AIDS crisis on individuals, families, and communities—stories sometimes forgotten with today’s commonplace treatment and prevention methods. They inspire hope and healing amid tragedy, and also action to continue reducing the spread of the virus and seeking a cure.

All performances of Elegies are free-of-charge at various locations and times across the city and are made possible by American Rescue Plan funds from the City of Cincinnati, administered through ArtsWave.

Run time: ~45 mins for park locations; 1 hr 45 mins for indoor venues

Please note: All performances will be presented at various locations. Schedule below.

Content warning: This production contains strong language and adult content, including descriptions of violence, homophobia, adultery, and drug use; and discussion of sexual identity.

Dates & times

Fri, May 13 at 7:00 pm
Xavier University Gallagher Student Center Theatre (Evanston)
3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45207


Sat, May 14 at 3:00 pm
Hoffner Park (Northside)
4101 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223


Sun, May 15 at 2:00 pm
Seasongood Pavilion (Eden Park)
1600 Art Museum Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202


Sat, May 21 at 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm
ARCO (Price Hill)
3301 Price Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45205


Sun, May 22 at 2:00 pm
Burnet Woods Bandstand (Clifton)
3251 Brookline Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

Sat, June 4 at 2:00 pm
Stanbery Park (Mt. Washington)
2221 Oxford Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45230


Sun, June 5 at 2:00 pm
Westwood Town Hall (Westwood)
3017 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211


Sat, June 18 at 6:00 pm
Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church (Mt. Auburn)
103 W H Taft Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45219


Sun, June 26 at 2:00 pm
Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (OTR)
1127 Vine St, Cincinnati, OH 45202