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Actor Revisits "Beirut" As Director Twenty Years Later

Becca Scott as Blue and Matt Weiss as Torch in The Living Room's "Beirut."
photo: Matthew Collins
Becca Scott as Blue and Matt Weiss as Torch in The Living Room's "Beirut."

It's been twenty years since the Unicorn Theatre staged the play "Beirut," a dark love story set in a future America where people are quarantined for a sexually transmitted disease. Though it sounds like science-fiction, the drama's plague was meant to imply AIDS.


Kansas City, MO – In 1990, AIDS was relatively new to Kansas City, and accompanied by rampant fear and misinformation. The downtown theater space The Living Room is reviving the play, aware that AIDS is much better understood but, for many, no less provocative.

"Beirut", written by Alan Bowne
Directed by Scott Cordes
November 1 - 13, 2010

The Living Room
1818 McGee
Kansas City, MO
(816) 221-4260

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Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one of Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and documentary films playing on area screens.
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