Lonely Planet Partner Organizations

Amphibian Stage Productions
Partners With Local AIDS Organizations
for LONELY PLANET

Amphibian Stage Productions, the contemporary theatre cultural explorers call home (Kathleen Culebro, Artistic Director; Jay Duffer, Managing Director), is thrilled to announce partnerships with Health Education Learning Project (HELP), Aids Outreach Center (AOC), AOC MPACT, Samaritan House, and Texas Black Women’s Initiative to use the first play of their 20th anniversary season to invite conversation about HIV prevention, testing, and the importance of early detection. Steven Dietz’s thoughtful and hopeful play, written at the height of the AIDS crisis in the 80’s, continues to resonate today, as studies show that approximately 5000 persons become infected each day (with a total of 1.8 million per year worldwide reported in 2017). Considering that the disease is now fully preventable, these numbers tell an important story about the need for education and outreach.

These organizations will provide information in Amphibian’s lobby and select performances will benefit the partnering non-profits. Post-show conversations on select dates will give community members opportunities to hear about the statistics, medical advances, and myths surrounding HIV.

About their partnerships with Amphibian, Dee Jay Johannessen, Executive Director of HELP said, "It's important to remember our history, especially as it relates to the pandemic of  HIV/AIDS.  HELP is pleased to partner with Amphibian, combining an excellent theatrical experience with contemporary dialog about the status of HIV in our community and the ongoing efforts to end the HIV epidemic in Texas."

“The more I visit with local AIDS organizations, the more fiercely passionate I become about the importance of talking about HIV prevention and early detection. The disease no longer means a death sentence as it did in the 1980’s. With proper education, our young people can protect themselves and those in their circles. This can only happen, however, if they have the information and understand how many resources are available and that there are numerous support systems are eager and waiting to help them,” says Amphibian’s Artistic Director, Kathleen Culebro.

  • February 7 - Texas Black Women’s Initiative: The mission of TxBWI is to promote active, engaged, and empowered communities to address HIV disparity among Black women and other women of color related to HIV prevention and care to achieve sustainable systemic change. 20% of ticket sales for the February 7 performance will be donated to Texas Black Women’s Initiative. February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
  • February 8 & 9 - Samaritan House: The mission of Samaritan House is to create a supportive community providing housing and resources for positive change in the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS and other special needs. Along with housing services, residents participate in case management services, substance abuse counseling, transportation assistance, patient navigation, nutrition counseling, educational and employment assistance, and life skills training. 20% of ticket sales for the February 8 & 9 performancedwill be donated to Samaritan House
  • February 22 - Health Education Learning Project: In 1994, three women who realized that prevention was not only more cost effective but also more humane than after-the-fact interventions, founded HELP. Since then, they have been on the forefront of providing comprehensive programs in the areas of HIV prevention, women’s health, and support groups for HIV-positive individuals and LGBT youth. HELP will be offering area teens free tickets to the play.
  • February 23 - Aids Outreach Center: AOC is a non-profit founded in 1986 by volunteers to help HIV-positive individuals in Fort Worth deal with end-of-life issues. Today, AOC stands as the largest non-profit service organization in Tarrant County in the fight against HIV. Through an approach of outreach, prevention and community information programs, AOC educates the public about HIV prevention while offering free and/or low-cost services to HIV-positive individuals and their families. AOC MPACTDFW: Created and managed by AOC, MPACTDFW is a social group for gay/bi Black and Latino men ages 18 to 29. They provide opportunities to meet new friends and socialize with other gay/bi men. 20% of ticket sales for the February 23 performance will be donated to AOC.