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The Lehman Players Present "Bedford Hills 10468"

August 14, 2009

The Lehman Players present a health educational message for incoming students through a fifteen-minute play titled, "Bedford Hills 10468."

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Transcript

00:00

[MUSIC]

00:00

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Every six seconds.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Hello, my name is Jessica and I was just infected with HIV.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Every six seconds.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Hello, my name is Peter and I was just infected with HIV.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Every six seconds.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Hello, my name is Mark and I was just infected with HIV.

00:13

HERIBERTO OQUENDO:

The play is kind of like--

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Talk about it. Be responsible.

HERIBERTO OQUENDO:

--a take on like Beverly Hills 90120.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Protect yourself.

HERIBERTO OQUENDO:

Like Gossip Girl, which is very relevant to-- our young people today. And it just trails the life of a couple of-- people j-- who are just coming to college and some who have already been in college. And just them living with life and dealing with life's challenges.

00:35

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Listen, Mommy, you just don't get it. Here I am in college. I have a 3.9 GPA, and I'm on the Dean's List. And I can't even have my own life.

CYNTHIA JIMENEZ:

Everyone goes through-- through similar situations, and they are not alone and hopefully they'll be reminded that they'll go to the student health center and say, "Oh, I remember when I saw this play, and I'm having this problem. And I just wanted to talk about it."

00:58

CINDY KREISBERG:

Lehman-- is one of the few colleges in the CUNY system that actually has a health center and provides clinical services. The other is Brooklyn College. And, therefore, it makes us quite unique because we can service the large amount of students that don't have health insurance, which amounts to about a third of our population.

01:15

KERVIN PERALTA:

This is the perfect opportunity to do something that I love plus doing a great service to the-- (OVERTALK)--community. (OFF-MIC CONVERSATION)

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Hey, what's going on?

ACTOR ON STAGE:

It's time to play--

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Guess what I gave you. (APPLAUSE) Yeah.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

You already said that. (OVERTALK)

KERVIN PERALTA:

Even this is-- a very absurd way of doing it. But, it's kind of like-- it drives a message home about STD awareness.

01:42

HERIBERTO OQUENDO:

What I want them to take away from this-- this-- this production is to be able to start having dialogues about HIV and the stigma around their sexuality.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

It's just aggravating like.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

So what? Let them think what they wanna think. Why do you care so much anyway? You're not gay, right?

ACTOR ON STAGE:

That's not relevant. It's (LAUGHTER) just that--

HERIBERTO OQUENDO:

As long as they can start even having conversations about these things, then I feel that I've done my job.

02:10

CINDY KREISBERG:

We're hoping in an entertaining way they will pick up on some the health educational themes and hopefully remember those themes (CHUCKLE) when they get into certain situations.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

You've just watched my favorite play.

ACTOR ON STAGE:

Bedford Hills 10468. (APPLAUSE)

02:50

[END OF AUDIO]