New York City Center Stage II will be home to the premiere of Love + Science, a new play by playwright and scientist David J. Glass. Set to run May 26–July 6 with opening night June 4, the work follows two gay medical students loving and living during the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis.
In New York City, two gay medical students form a connection while working in the same retrovirology lab. But then the HIV/AIDS epidemic erupts and they suddenly find themselves on different paths and their relationship upended. Questions are raised about their values as scientists and doctors, and their responsibilities as gay men.
Casting and creative team members will be announced at a later date.
"The panic at the beginning of the COVID pandemic felt eerily similar to the beginnings of the HIV/AIDS epidemic," says Glass in a statement. "This led me to return to playwriting after decades working in medical research. Love + Science is my attempt to shed more light on a tumultuous moment in New York history that is being forgotten."
The play is inspired by Glass’ time at New York Medical College where he took care of HIV patients as a medical student. He also conducted postdoctoral research on cancer at Columbia University in a lab focused on HIV and other emerging infectious diseases.