WHO is next ?

Every first days off of every month, at six o'clock in the evening an ordinary 18-year old guy puts on a black leather jacket, puts the apartment keys into his jeans pocket and becomes a different man. His name is now - Gnom (Dwarf). The performance starts in another five minutes and he will come out to those gathered in the hall to tell them about himself. In one and a half hour together with him we will live through one half of a year - he will laugh and to cry in front of us, he will make us the involuntary witnesses, accomplices of the life, and then will put questions to us, on which many of us never reflected and to which we will have to find our own answers.
Gnom tells this story for the sixth year already - he was living his life just like everyone else, studied at school, he liked to hang out with friends. He fell in love with a girl, but "broke off" when trying his first sex contact with her (she didn't think he was skillful enough). The friends offered him help - by presenting him to another girl, who would teach anything in bed - sort of "taking a streamlined prep course". The same caring friends made an appointment for them and showed how to use condoms. When leaving, they warned - "don't forget". But that night he decided to drink a little more so that he wouldn't feel nervous and forgot.
Two months later the ordinary "just like everyone else's" life turned around by 180 degrees - he found out that he had been HIV infected.

If YOU had learned that you were HIV positive, would you disclose it to anyone?
- Two years ago, before the play, probably not. Today - yes, because I'm sure that many people (at least in "The Basement") would accept it as normal and will not express pity. Our relationships would not change.
If you did not play this part, how would you be so confident about the reaction of others around you?
- Oh, no. When you play you understand that many people (it is easily felt from the spectators) understand you and that they are ready to support you. It all depends on you.
From the interview of the main part performer

Every day the HIV/AIDS issue in Russia is becoming more and more urgent - just for the last 8 months the number of HIV infected increased by 26 thousand people.
I think that by staging the play "Who is next?", "The Basement" has fulfilled its civil duty and I hope that it will be seen by as many people as possible.
Mikhail Grishin, The President of the "Take Care" Foundation, Cheliabinsk.

 

The issue of HIV/AIDS is one of the most difficult ones. Despite the fact that so much was already written and said, the number of infected (in particular young people) keeps growing and growing…
Perhaps it is happening because the information in mass media is not working: teenagers do not like to read serious articles or watch non-entertainment TV shows.
The play "Who is next?" connects to people on an emotional level by making them feel. Many people cry when watching it, but still come to the play and bring others with them.
Because it is better to live through something in a theater hall rather than in your own life.