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Laughing Stock: How Improvisational Theater Helps People With HIV/AIDS

November 24, 2009

It's called the circus bow: You stand upright, throw your arms out and declare, "Ta-daaaa!" like a ringmaster. But in this case, the people doing it aren't in a circus: They're HIV-positive people participating in an improvisational comedy class offered by the Laughing Stock program, part of San Francisco's Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS). The program offers free improv training specifically for people with HIV, hepatitis C and other chronic illnesses. The circus bow is what the students do when they freeze up on stage and can't think of something to say.

Many people living with HIV/AIDS find themselves not only coping with the physical dangers of the virus and its treatment, but also with the stress and

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Comment by: Linda M. (Woodside, CA) Thu., Nov. 26, 2009 at 10:20 am EST
What a wonderful program! Indeed, laughter is a potent medicine.
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