Founded in 1988 by Carolyn Kelemen, A Labor of Love was created to address the HIV/AIDS crisis during a time when the theater community was losing many performers to it. “That isn’t true today -- the situation has changed in the past 25 years,” Kelemen says in regard to advances in medicine and HIV/AIDS treatment. A more joyous event this time around, the Dec. 2 performance will serve as a homecoming for many of the original performers and celebrate better times for patients.
The cabaret-style show, directed by Carole Graham Lehan of Glenelg Country School with artistic support from Toby Orenstein and Jenny Male, coordinator of musical theater at Howard Community College, will feature professionals from Howard County, Hollywood and Broadway. The volunteer performers and contributors are committed to raising money for people currently living with HIV/AIDS, according to Kelemen.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Howard County Health Alliance to be distributed to agencies, such as Healthy Families of Howard County, that directly assist HIV/AIDS patients.“A Labor of Love” silver anniversary cabaret will take place Monday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at Howard Community College’s Smith Theatre. Tickets cost $25 and are available at ALaborOfLove.eventbrite.com. For more information, go to laboroflovesilver.wordpress.com.