tHis Is Very IMPORTANT

Solo Show · rahvaunia · Ages 11+ · 55 mins · United States of America

one person show

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Take a journey with Eena who believes that we should all “do better when we know better” and always strive to “vibrate higher”. Eena provides a safe space for Mary, Samantha (also known as Sammy or Sam), and Val to share their journeys of testing positive for HIV. How did they contract it? When did they find out? How did they process receiving that diagnosis? What did their friends and family think, say, or do? How is life after the diagnosis? 

Meet Mary, a top ER nurse who is Christian and a virgin, saving herself for marriage. Will her church and work community support her now that she’s HIV positive? Does she tell them? Do they already know? Samantha born with a birth defect, seeks the affection so absent in her tumultuous home life. Will she find the love she’s looking for, despite looking in all the wrong places? Val is what many today aspire to be, she is a social media influencer with 1.2 million followers. She is loved by many and leads a life that many dream of. Yet, she can’t believe she has tested positive for HIV. Or has she? 

This one-woman show features four main characters and a host of supporting characters, offering a roller coaster ride of “edutainment”­—educating while entertaining.

Don’t be deterred by the serious subject matter. HIV is merely one element in broader narrative of life, love, challenges, and triumph. You will enjoy every minute of this show, and when it’s over, you’ll want more. You will be moved, you will laugh, you will relate, you will be educated, and you will be enlightened. 

Please don’t miss your chance to see this very entertaining and important show, because "tHis Is Very IMPORTANT".

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PRESS REVIEW

LAFPI Interview for HFF2024

FUN PROMO Video

FYI: Did you know that 1 in 4 people living with HIV are women? 61% of those women are Black. Do you know 20% of Americans living with HIV, don’t even know they have it? Have you been tested in the last year? Do you know that about 1 in 4 new HIV infections is among youth, ages 13-24? Do you know that women between the ages of 25-39 are 40% of all new HIV diagnoses among women? Did you know that the number of women diagnosed with HIV is on the rise and has been rising for the last 8yrs? Did you know that every 9.5 seconds someone is being infected with HIV? Did you know that every 35 minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with HIV? Do you know that 85% of women living with HIV in the United States were infected through heterosexual sex?  If you answered no to most of those questions, here are two reasons why: 1- Many seem to have forgotten about HIV, therefore no one is talking about it much anymore.  2- No one is talking about HIV and women when there are discussions about HIV

Although Rahvaunia is not HIV positive, she uses her talents, platform, and gifts to help spread awareness and encourage others to get tested and/or in treatment. Her mission is to help stomp out stigmas so that we can open up the dialogue around women and HIV. Knowledge is power and health is wealth. 

“What good are my gifts if I don’t use them to encourage change, and inspire those to do their part in helping make a difference” – Rahvaunia

 

Production Team


rahvaunia johnson 

creator/writer/performer

masha dowell 

associate producer / stage manager

* Fringe Veteran