Pensacola, Florida (PressExposure) June 27, 2008 -- Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church, in partnership with the Red Ribbon Foundation and Vicarious Productions are proud to announce the Florida premiere of âA Lullaby for Ryan: The History of HIV/AIDS in America,â a solo musical comedy written and performed by nationally-acclaimed solo theatre artist Jade Esteban Estrada (2005 Performance Artist of the Year) at 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2008. The performance will be held at Holy Cross Metropolitan Community Church located at 3130 West Fairfield Drive in Pensacola, Florida. The event is wheelchair accessible and appropriate for all ages 13 and up. $10 general admission. Show duration is 65 minutes with no intermission. The actor will sign autographs immediately after the show. For reservations and information call 850-469-9090, visit http://www.getjaded.com or http://www.holycrossmcc.com.
Estrada is also the host of the 19th Annual South Florida GLAAD Media Awards on the Bravo Network scheduled to air on Friday, June 27, 2008.
âA Lullaby for Ryanâ chronicles the last quarter century of the AIDS epidemic in the United States with stories of courage, strength and human triumph.
The show had its world premiere at the Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha in conjunction with the Omaha AIDS Quilt Dispay on December 6, 2007.
âLooking back over the last 20 years of the epidemic, Estrada presented a heartfelt, informative and entertaining look at the disease that at times has taken the community for many turns,â said Troy Fienhold-Haasis, Co-Founder and Director of the Diamond Foundation, the organization responsible for producing the show.
âJade Esteban Estrada morphs into Rock Hudson singing about the greatest role he ever played,â states Daniel A. Kusner of the Dallas Voice.
âThe messages Estrada communicates through âA Lullaby for Ryanâ are poignant and powerful in a disarming way,â says Rev. Jane Emma Newell of Rainbow Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church in Yakima, Washington.
Cindy Boyd of the More Life Festival of Fort Worth raves, âThe show is ingenious, exceptionally intelligent and consistently engaging. Jadeâs talent and passion for his calling are obvious the minute he walks on stage. This show is highly recommended.â
âYou definitely shouldnât miss New York-based solo performer Jade Esteban Estrada, who has made a career of one-man shows in which he plays various historical gay figures,â states Mark Lowry of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. âEstrada takes aim at AIDS through entertaining education,â states Cathy Ulrich of the Billings Gazette.
âWe all appreciated the humor, compassion, and truthful way in which Estrada portrayed many facets of this cause. We were all laughing with him and at ourselves and we left feeling bonded by the experience,â states Shelley Hayes, Executive Director of the Yellowstone AIDS Project. âI have been hearing rave reviews from everyone who attended.â
Estrada debuted his first solo show âItâs Too Lateâ¦Itâs Already In Meâ¦â at the Festival de Libre Enganche in 1997. His last visit to Pensacola was on October 11, 2007 when he performed his solo musical comedy âICONS: The Lesbian and Gay History of the World, Vol. 1.â
He debuted his designer humor line of bilingual greeting cards, âJade Esteban Estrada for Nos Vemos Greetingsâ in January and stars in the upcoming film âThe Innocent Killersâ directed by Brett Mauser.