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World AIDS Day 2015

December 1, 2015
7:30 pm

Dream Big Final

On Tuesday, December 1st, the HIV/AIDS community unites with Cleveland to raise awareness, support those living with the virus, & remember those who have passed on.

In collaboration with Playhouse Square, the opening night of Wizard of Oz: The Musical, will be opening on World AIDS Day 2015. By purchasing a ticket, a portion of your ticket price will be donated to the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland to support those in our community who are living with and/or are affected by HIV/AIDS.  This gift will allow the ATGC to continue to deliver services at no cost to clients. To purchase tickets: https://www.groupmatics.events/#/event/WorldAidsDay476e426a-c2d9-417d-87f1-6478f540b748


Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens

Welcome to Saucy Jack’s cosmic cabaret – a nightclub at the edge of the galaxy, in a world where vinyl, plastic, and other exotic fabrics have been outlawed.   When Dr. Willhelm von Whackoff – Willy to his friends – isn’t working on his psychiatric studies, he hangs out at the bar, chatting with bartender Mitch Maypole, musician Sammy Sax, and waitress Booby Shevalle. Sammy dreams of success on the stage, while Booby has an even grander dream: she wants to escape her life of drudgery and become a Space Vixen, one of the super-fashionable, super-heroic crime fighters who patrol the galaxy. But something is amiss at Saucy Jack’s, when one after another, the club’s performers turn up dead – murdered with a slingback stiletto-heeled pump – just as they were on the verge of greatness.   Who will be next? What is Saucy Jack hiding? Why has plastics smuggler Chesty Prospects arrived, and what is the business that she has with Saucy Jack? It’s a job for the Space Vixens themselves, who appear on the scene to solve the crime and liberate the world through the power of disco, glitter boots, and fashion!

The performance will be a staged concert production; it will be performed in costume with some props, but will not feature sets, lighting effects, etc. The show is performed in two acts with an intermission.

Ticket Price: $25.00 (general admission)

Available from the AIDS Taskforce at http://bit.ly/SaucyJack, or call the Taskforce at 216-621-0766 ext. 2915


The book and lyrics for “Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens” were written by Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler, with Music by Jonathan Croose and Robin Forrest, additional music by Adam Meggido and James Compton. The show is based on original ideas by Johanna Allitt, Simon Curtis, Charlotte Mann and Michael Fidler. “Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens” was first performed at C Venue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 9, 1995, produced by Johanna Allitt and Michael Fidler. It premiered in the West End of London, produced by Ian Lenagan for Counterpoint Theatre, at the Queen’s Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on March 25, 1998.

“Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens” is not intended for children, though parents should use their discretion in determining whether it would be appropriate.   While sexy and suggestive, with plenty of adult situations, the show does not contain profanity and, in the words of the authors, “pretends to be a little more racy than it actually is.”


Directed by: Curt Arnold

Music Direction by: Butch Marshall


The cast features some familiar faces, along with several performers who, while new to our production, have been seen at theatres throughout Northeast Ohio. Dan Folino (who previously acted in the 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ATFGC/CAN benefit productions) appears as Saucy Jack himself. Tricia Bestic (2002, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) leads the Space Vixens as Jubilee Climax, with two newcomers to our stage, Leslie Andrews and Neely Gevaart, as fellow Vixens Bunny Lingus and Anna Labia.   The staff of Saucy Jack’s cabaret includes bartender Mitch Maypole, played by newcomer Michael Majer, musical virtuoso Sammy Sax, played by Pat Miller (2014), and downtrodden waitress-with-a-dream Booby Shevalle, played by newcomer Matthew Ryan Thompson.   Providing ongoing commentary to the audience is Jonathan Kronenberger (2011, 2012, 2013) in the role of Dr. Willhelm von Whackoff, while Amiee Collier, appearing in her eighth ATFGC/CAN production (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), portrays visitor Chesty Prospects. A longtime favorite of our audiences, Kevin Joseph Kelly (2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2014) appears as the sultry torch singer Vulva Savannah. Mr. Folino and Miss Bestic appear with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association, through the Theatre Authority.

The orchestra, led by Mr. Marshall, features Tim Keo on bass, and Gregory Cross on drums.


Cleveland Performance Information

Performance Date: Monday, August 31, 2015

Performance Space: Cassidy Theatre, 6200 Pearl Road

Performance Time: 8:00 pm


The performance benefits the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland


Ticket Price: $25.00 (general admission)

Available from the AIDS Taskforce at http://bit.ly/SaucyJack, or call the Taskforce at 216-621-0766 ext. 2915

ArtCares 2015 – Complimentary ArtCares 2015 Tickets Offered to Community

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Anonymous Donor Wants to Raise Awareness for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

Cleveland, OH – Art lovers from all over Cleveland will gather at the Cleveland Masonic Auditorium on Saturday, May 16th for ArtCares 2015, the annual auction and party to benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. ArtCares 2015 is being presented through the generosity of AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Toby Devan Lewis with support from Consolidated Graphics Group.

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland is pleased to announce that we are able to offer a limited number of complimentary tickets to this year’s event. The donor, who is making their contribution in honor of John Farina, this year’s ArtCares Icon, would like as many people in the community as possible to come together in celebration of the great work of the Taskforce that Mr. Farina has so passionately supported for so many years. These tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis by contacting Rebecca Murray-Strong at 216-621-0766 ext. 2915.

John Farina has long been committed to the work of the Taskforce and has twice served on the agency’s staff. He has served in numerous volunteer roles at the Taskforce as well, including as a chair of ArtCares in 2011. Farina currently serves as the Executive Director of ARTneo – the museum of Northeast Ohio art, co-owns a gallery in the Waterloo Arts District (with his fiancé Adam Tully) and is the Arts & Culture Coordinator for the renewal of the levy that supports Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. He most recently completed a four-year term as President of the Board of Directors for SPACES, and has been involved in a long list of organizations, events, and political efforts over his more than 24 years in Cleveland.

“I am very humbled by this special contribution and am very excited that we will be able to open this great event up to the community in this way,” says Farina, “with so many new and important developments at the Taskforce – such as the introduction of a new pharmacy and clinic – this is a fun opportunity for everyone to learn about and support them.”

The centerpiece of ArtCares remains the auction of art generously donated by professional artists living in, or with connections to, Northeast Ohio. This year will again feature a special exhibition of specially created work curated by local artist and curator, Kristin Rogers.

This year’s party features entertainment by Hot Djang and DJ Saint.

ArtCares is the signature fundraising event for the AIDS Taskforce, an affiliate of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which serves individuals and families infected, affected and at-risk for HIV/AIDS. The event is supported through the generosity of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, Nordstrom, The Adcom Group, Fresh Brewed Tees, James Douglas Studio, Medical Mutual of Ohio, and Cleveland Whiskey Proceeds help provide services such as counseling and case management, educational programs for adults and youth at risk, housing, public policy and advocacy and a food pantry that provides much-needed help for a community in which illness often coincides with poverty.

The event begins at 7:30 pm on Saturday, May 16. Complimentary tickets are available as long as supplies last and can be purchased for $50 per person once that happens. Tickets and more information are available by calling the taskforce at 216-621-0766, extension 2915 or by visiting www.aidstaskforce.org.


About the AIDS Taskforce:

The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, a non-profit, community based organization serving more than 15,000 people each year, including more than 1,200 intensive case management clients. Established in 1983, the AIDS Taskforce is the oldest AIDS service provider in Ohio, and the primary provider in   Cleveland of case management, education, prevention, housing, advocacy and research efforts for and to people living with HIV and AIDS.