Positively Unbreakable is the fictitious, but riveting story of a married woman who is expecting her first child. Fearing that she is experiencing complications from the pregnancy, she and her husband discover that she is HIV positive. Interwoven within the storyline is an intravenous drug user whose path has indirectly crossed with the expectant mother. The play also explores the issues of teenage promiscuity and peer pressure, homophobia, and the growing population of senior adults who are contracting HIV.
"I enjoy writing about issues that people are grappling with daily, whether it’s loss of a job, a strain in a relationship, or learning that you have been diagnosed with an illness. My objective is to provide hope in what may seem like a bleak situation,” states Brown.
In what she terms as combining the arts with advocacy and activism, Brown hopes that Positively Unbreakable will help educate Kentuckians about their risk for contracting HIV. She will be partnering with the The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department, which instituted a clean needle exchange program. The Health Department will share information about their program with theater patrons. Brown is also partnering with AVOL (AIDS Volunteers), Inc. Both of these organizations will provide free, confidential HIV screenings during a health fair an hour before the play begins.
Positively Unbreakablestars Nieta Wigginton, Lexington native, whose prior stage credits include, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Oak & Ivy, and U.S. vs. Fear. Joining Wigginton on stage is Whit Whitaker, UK alumnus. Whitaker has also performed in To Kill a Mockingbird, Crumbs from the Table of Joy,Don Quixote, and The King and I. Positively Unbreakable also features UK student, Clark Janell Davis, who reigned as the 2015-2016 Miss Kentucky. She recently performed in the UK Opera Theatre’s production of Ragtime.
Artists from around the country who took their time served in federal prison facilities to develop their current careers as working artists will work with 8th-12thgraders in Lexington, Kentucky for an intensive visual art program during spring break. Since becoming returning citizens over the past few years, these artists work within communities and potential "at-risk” demographics to provide intensive visual art instruction and instill the concept that young people can make progressive, productive choices about their futures that do not have to end in incarceration.
Through a daily intensive program, students will learn and practice various visual art forms including painting, decoupage, and transfers, to culminate in a group show at the end of the week. Students will also go on one field trip to a local gallery as well as meet local artists so they may learn more about the visual arts opportunities in their own community.