One of the first plays of its kind, As Is was written at the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985. Centering on the relationship between an HIV-Positive man and his ex-lover who returns to his side in his time of need, As Is portrays the confusion and fear that gripped the nation as the disease first spread. As Is is a bold, touching play that pays reverence to the resilience of those it affected with humor and compassion. As Is won the 1986 OBIE Award for Distinguished Playwriting, The Drama Desk Award for Best Production of a Play and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize. Apple Core Theater Company is proud to present this distinguished play on its 25th Anniversary.
The Cast of As Is features Jeff Auer (Is That A Gun In Your Pocket?; Emerging Artists) , Emily King Brown*(The Good Woman of Setzuan; Adaptive Arts), Jason Griffith*(Won and Lost, Apple Core) , Brian Hopson, Jessica Luck (Right Cross Rhapsody, Grayce Productions) Todd Michael (Writer/Performer, Grayce Productions), Ryan Stadler*(Ten Reasons I Won't Go Home With You, 2010 Midtown Fest, MITF Award nom, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical) and David Zwiers. *Performing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.
Caffe Cino playwright William M. Hoffman earned a Drama Desk Award in 1986, an Obie, as well as Tony and Pulitzer nominations for As Is. He wrote the libretto to The Ghosts of Versailles (music by John Corigliano), which premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1991 and again in 1995. Hoffman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment Awards, ASCAP and Fund for New American Plays awards, two grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Erwin Piscator Award. In 1992 his television work brought him an Emmy nomination and he received a Writers Guild award. He is co-founder and co-chair of Prima le Parole, the international librettists organization. Hoffman has written critically for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, and Vogue. He is currently Associate Professor of Theatre at Lehman College (CUNY).
Walter J. Hoffman (Director, no relation to the playwright) directed Won and Lost with Apple Core Theater Company, for which he is the Associate Artistic Director. Also a frequent collaborator of Grayce Productions, he directed Right Cross Rhapsody at Horse Trade's Red Room, Buddy Becker's Big Uncut Flick at the 2009 FringeNYC, and the critically acclaimed revival of Vice Girl Confidential at Horse Trade's Under St. Marks.