VOICE / FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 1989
New York gay group eases stand on AIDS testing
By DON MULLEN
>EW YORK (UPI)—A major gay
health organization relaxed its resistance to AIDS testing Hnri
launched an ad campaign urging
concerned New Yorkers to "think
about" a blood test for signs of the
Richard Dunne, execute ediTec tor
of the Gay Men's Health Crisis,
pointed out there are 180,000 to
360,000 people in the city infected
with the human immunodeficiency
ivirus, or HIV, which causes AIDS.
Dunne explained the new policy
on testing follows guarantees of confidentiality and newly developed
"Testing is a very personal decision," he said Tuesday. "Our policy
has evolved with the times.
"Today we have a strong law in
New York state which protects people's confidentiality." Dunne told a
news conference attended by some
critics ofthe campaign.
Newspaper ads urging readers,
"If you haven't taken Ihe antibody
test for the AIDS virus, think about
it," appeared Tuesday in The New
York Times, New York Newsday
and The Daily News.
"There are compelling reasons to
get tested and to know your HIV
status," Dunne said. "When the HlV
antibody test was first developed.
there was virtually nothing people
who were infected could do except
wait for the first symptoms of AIDS
Today, however, there are drugs
"which can prolong life by slowing
the development of AIDS and preventing some HIV-related illnesses," he said.
Gay groups and others have resisted calls for mandatory testing
for AIDS for fear the information
could be used against them.
The test, which involves taking a
small blood sample, does not detect
whether a person has AIDS. It indi-
eate-i only that HIV has entered the
body, and the body has produced an
tibodies to fight the intrusion.
HIV is spread by sexual or blood-
to-blood contact, such as drug users
sharing needles. It can also be
passed on from an infected woman
to her baby.
Dunne stressed that the call for
testing was coupled with the availability of counseling for those suffering from stress before the test and
others who found they were infected
with the AIDS virus.
Some individuals al the news conference argued bitterly with Dunne,
questioning the good of testing
when many could not afford treat-
; going t
have to die?" asked one.
Dunne acknowledged that many
people suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome or HIV-
related illnesses could not afford
treatment and called for more government help.
"The existence of effective drugs
is meaningless without access to
them," he said. "Access must include
not only the drugs themselves but
also the primary care necessary to
monitor an individual's health.
"We call on the city, state and federal governments to work together
to ensure that life-saving treatments and care are available to all
without regard to ability to pay,"
It's the season for openings
Houston Live by NEIL
This week's "Houston Live" will
give you a little head start on some
of ihe coming theatrical openings
around the city.
Theatre Under the Stars is announcing their season "By Popular Demand." The Comedy
Workshop is opening a new revue
called "Houtopial' and Main
Street Theater is reviving its biggest hit The Trust."
Before launching into this preview, however, let me tell you
about two outstanding efforts in
fundraising on behalf of AIDS or-
—Briar Patch Follies
Last Sunday, a musical comedy
revue was performed at the Briar
Patch to benefit McAdory House,
Omega House and Stone Soup.
The two hour show featured a mix
of amateur and professional entertainers, who had rehearsed forthe
one night performance since May.
The a series of auctions, a raffle
and the show. $27,000 had been
raised before I left at intermission.
Congratulations on the fine work,
The opening night of "Beehive,"
now at the Alley Theatre, netted
$16,000 for the Bering Foundation, another outstanding effort.
Music Hall season, according to
Frank Young, executive director.
The musical theater roster announced by Young was selected
virtually by audience survey. Expanding the Houston season to
seven shows and adding a Saturday matinee (to bring to 14 its subscription performances of each
showl, TUTS will also be taking
four of its productions on the road
following their local staging.
The five subscription musicals
in TUTS' "By Popular Demand''
season include three Broadway
classics—"Mame," Sept. 19-Oct. 1,
"The King and I," Dec. 5-17, and
"Camelot," Jan. 23-Feb. 4—
teamed with two musical favorites of the 1980's—"A Chorus
Line" March 6-18 and "The Best
Little Whorehouse in Texas," May
15-27. TUTS' subscribers also will
get first crack at tickets to limited
return engagements of "Ballet
Folklorico de Mexico" Oct. 14-15
and "Jesus Christ Superstar!'
April li-8. Both are revivals from
the just completed 1988-89 season.
Juliet Prowse will take the title
role in "Mame," TUTS' season
opener, which will travel to
Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre,
then have a limited Northwest
tour. Prowse reprises the role she
played in the original London production. "Mame" will be directed
and choreographed by Diana
Baffa-Brill, choreographer ofthe
show's most recent Broadway revival, who also staged many of
the production's national tours as
well as TUTS' 1984 mounting
with Marilyn Maye.
"The King and I," Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammersleio's
second musical classic based on
the novel "Anna and the King of
Siam," will be TUTS' holiday attraction at the Music Hall. As
usual, TUTS' holiday musical
will showcase talented students
from the company's official training wing, the Humphreys School
of Musica) Theater.
"Camelot," the third most popular musical with TUTS' audiences, will make its third appearance
on TUTS' stage in January. Set in
the splendor of the medieval court
of England, "Camelot" was created for Broadway in 1960 by Alan
Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.
Winner of four Tony Awards, the
original production starred Richard Burton as King Arthur, Julie
Andrews as Guenevere and Robert Goulet as Lancelot. The midwinter production will be shared
with the Sacramento Civic Light
Opera in that west coast summer
company's premiere winter sea-
"A Chorus Line," celebratingita
15th year on Broadway, has been
scheduled by Theatre Under the
Stars for a special 15th anniversary production, replacing its previously announced Southwest
premiere of "Grover's Corners"
starring Mary Martin. The longest running musical on Broad
way and the winner of nine Tony
Awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer
Prize for drama, "A Chorus Line"
was conceived, choreographed
and directed by Michael Bennett,
with book by James Kirkwood
and Nicholas Dante, music by
Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by
"The best Little Whorehouse in
Texas," which made its debut here
at the Tower Theatre in 1979 after
opening on Broadway in 1978,
will conclude the "By Popular Demand" season. Houston favorite
June Terry will star as the musical madam., Mona Stangley. a
role she performed at the Tower,
on national tour and for over a
year in the Las Vegas company at
the Sahara and Desert Inn showrooms. Director Roger Allan
Raby and choreographer Angie
Wheeler, both veterans ofthe original Tower Theatre and touring
companies, will stage the all new
production for TUTS.
— The Comedy
"Houtopia: a Hitchhiker's Guide
to Houston" opens at The Come-
'Houtopia" opens Aug. 17 at The Comedy Workshop
dy Workshop Aug. 17. Chris Berue
directs this original comedy revue
that lets you know how to be a
mover and a shaker in the Bayou
City on 79 cents a day or less (if
you don't get on the freeways|.
Leam how to deal with the new
Houston "pay zoo" ... you know,
the with the same old animals,
and walk a mile in the shoes of a
Houston movie cop (the guy that
keeps you from sneaking into a
second movie in a multi-cinema).
If you lived through the Houston
"boom," then the bust and if
things aren't quite "back" for you
yet, then you'll love this show.
"Houtopia" plays Thursday
through Saturday at 8:30 p.m.,
with an additional shows at 11:00
p.m. on Saturdays. Improvisation
sessions follow on single show
Murder, money and a special mission are the elements that come together in Douglas Killgore's "The
Trust," being staged for its third
run at Main Street Theater in the
Village, Aug. 17 through Sept. 17
We're working to
bring you a real
Given its world premiere i
tion here in 1987 and revived in
1988, this fact-based drama about
the mysterious death of William
Marsch Rice has become the biggest box office success in Main
Street Theater's 14 years of operation. This success has led author
Killgore and director Neil 'Sandy'
Havens to develop plans for a film
The story concerns early Houston millionaire Rice's plans to create a great school, a "Cooper Union of the South" and how his
dream was nearly thwarted by an
unscrupulous New York lawyer
and Rice's trusted valet. Thecritne
and the sensational trial that followed garnered headlines both in
New York and Texas for many
months at the turn of the century.
The title also refers to the mission
Rice entrusted to his friend and attorney, Capt. James A. Baker, to
bring Rice Institute (now University) into being, Houston actor
Harold Suggs, a member of Actor's Equity, will once again portray Rice.
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Jurors recommend death for serial killer Kraft
SANTA ANA, Calif. (UPH—Jurors Aug. 11 recommended the
death penalty for serial killer Randy Steven Kraft, convicted of the
sex and torture slayings of 16
young men during a decade of
In recommending that Kraft be
put to death in the California gas
chamber at San Quentin prison, a
Superior Court jury rejected the
only other punishment he faced:
life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The jury reached its recommendation after deliberating portions
of four days at the penalty phase
of Kraft's 10-month trial.
Superior Court Judge Donald
McCartin set a tentative sentencing date of Oct. 27.
Kraft, 44, a former computer
consultant from Long Beach, was
convicted May 12 of 16 counts of
first-degree murder and one count
each of sodomy and mayhem.
The penalty phase began June
5. Deputy District Attorney Bryan
Brown, urging jurors to recommend the death sentence, introduced evidence linking Kraft to
eight additional murders outside
Investigators believe Kraft may
be responsible for as many as 65
slayings in all.
Defense lawyers, meanwhile,
pleaded with jurors to spare
"Killing Randy is not going to
restore life to anyone," defense attorney C. Thomas McDonald said
in his closing argument. "The only thing that would be accomplished (by execution) is more violence, another family would lose a
loved one, another mother would
bury her son."
The defense called as witnesses
dozens of Kraft's relatives, friends
and co-workers to praise his character and intellect. In addition, a
neuroscientist testified that Kraft
may suffer from brain damage.
Prosecutors said that from 1.172
until 1983, Kraft prowled Orange
County roadways, inviting young
male hitch hikers into his car, then
plying them with alcohol and sedatives until they were rendered
Kraft then tortured, mutilated
and sexually abused his victims-
many of them young Marines—
before strangling them and dumping their bodies along freeway
ramps or in remote areas.
Kraft was arrested in May 1983
after California Highway Patrol
officers who stopped his car for
weaving on the San Diego Freeway in Mission Viejo found the
body of Terry Gambrel, a 25-year-
old Marine from El Toro, in the
Prosecutors contended Gambrel
had consumed a combination of
drugs and alcohol and was strangled with his own belt after his
wrists were bound with his shoe
Investigators also found in
Kraft's car a handwritten list of 61
entries that prosecutors contend
was a coded "death list" of Kraft's
But another defense attorney,
James Merwin, contended the list
was simply Kraft's way of coding
the names of guests heintended to
invite to a surprise party.
The defense said there was no
"concrete evidence" linking Kraft
to any killing.
But prosecutors said Kraft had
a fetish for keeping souvenirs of
his victims. Photos of several victims were found in his car and
more photos, along with items belonging to several victims, were
found in the house he shared with
a companion. His fingerprints
were found on pieces of glass recovered near one victim.
Kraft's 10-month trial is the
longest and costliest criminal trial
in Orange County history.
Prosecutors estimated the case
had coat more than $2 million for
attorneys fees, investigators, experts and other court costs before
the actual trial even began. The
judge has since ordered the cost of
Kraft's defense kept secret.
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