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Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:00 am

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will host a play and a film about the AIDS epidemic.

The award-winning, Oscar-nominated film, "How to Survive a Plague," will be shown at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Doudna Hall's Thomas B. Lundeen Lecture Hall.

The free screening is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, LAE Film Committee and the theater program.

The Pioneer Players will produce Larry Kramer's landmark play, "The Normal Heart," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 20-23 as well as 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24. The performances are free, however tickets are $3 for the Wednesday performance, which is a benefit for the Platteville Food Pantry and the Platteville Fire Department.

Anyone who attends the film screening can receive a coupon for $2 off the ticket price for the play.

Released in 2012, "How to Survive a Plague" tells the story of the early years of the AIDS epidemic and the activists from the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power and the Treatment Action Group. They reversed the tide of the epidemic by demanding a meaningful, immediate response to what they perceived as a serious threat to public health and safety.

The film was directed by David France, a journalist who covered AIDS from its beginnings.

There will be a panel discussion following the film.

The play follows Kramer's life beginning when the epidemic was in its early stages, and his struggle to convince his fellow activists to be more forceful in their activism.

The documentary gives a history of the plague after the time depicted in "The Normal Heart."

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