While most of South Florida’s regional theater companies are enjoying a well-deserved summer hiatus, two Wilton Manors theaters have productions opening or re-opening during the hottest month of the year.

‘One in Two’ at Island City Stage

Island City Stage in Wilton Manors will offer a theatrical portrait of what it means to be Black and gay in America with its latest production, “One in Two” by Donja R. Love, Aug. 4 – Sept. 4. 

Directed by the co-founder of Moxie Theatre in San Diego and NAACP theatre award-winner Delicia Turner Sonnenberg, the play’s title refers to the sobering statistic that one in two Black men who have sex with men will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetimes, according to a 2016 analysis by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

As an added twist in this production, the audience chooses nightly which actor sitting in an ethereal clinic waiting room must portray the ill-fated lead character who will eventually be diagnosed with HIV. The cast includes Kevane Coleman, Randall Swinton and Nathaniel J. Ryan. 

"When I first discovered ‘One in Two’ during its Off-Broadway run, just prior to COVID, I knew it was a story we needed to tell,” said Andy Rogow, artistic director of Island City Stage. “We’re looking forward to sharing this story that is not often heard in our community — how HIV-positive vulnerable men are treated by the LGBT+ and Black communities. We hope theatre-goers will come away with a deeper understanding of this epidemic and be motivated to make a difference to help end this very real stigma and disease.”

Island City Stage, 2304 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors, presents Donja R. Love’s “One in Two,” Aug. 4 – Sept. 4. Tickets are $35 at IslandCityStage.org.

‘Truck Stop Sally’s Sex Party’ at the Foundry

Playwright and producer Ronnie Larsen’s gender-bending alter ego, Truck Stop Sally, is back at the neighboring Foundry for three weeks, Aug. 10 – 28, after her own summer respite in July. The comedy, based on Larsen’s own experiences as a young man, is accentuated with his signature gratuitous male nudity and a few surprise cameo performances, too. 

Larsen’s producing partner POW! (Plays of Wilton) is hosting a summer luau fundraiser at the home of Wilton Manors Commissioner and theater board member Chris Caputo on Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The party is free and all proceeds benefit future POW! Productions.

Tickets for “Truck Stop Sally’s Sex Party,” Aug. 10 – 28 at the Foundry, 2306 N. Dixie Hwy. in Wilton Manors, are $35 at RonnieLarsen.com. To RSVP for the POW! Summer Luau at 308 N.E. 27th Dr. in Wilton Manors, go to RonnieLarsen.com.