New Haven Pride Center Premieres Night Sweats

Image by Ike Smith

On December 1, 2020, the New Haven Pride Center, in collaboration with the New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS and The Guardian Health Association, will present the world premiere of Night Sweats, a multimedia performance program incorporating music, storytelling, dance, and video projection. This project, commissioned in honor of the 32nd Annual World AIDS Day, brings together multiple HIV-positive and queer artists to create a one-of-a-kind performance. This new work, presented under the artistic direction of Noah Michael Smith, will be the centerpiece of New Haven’s 2020 World AIDS Day Observance, running from November 30 through December 3, 2020.
Night Sweats is based on the poem of the same name by Rev. Alexander R. Garbera in 1991. Rev. Garbera is one of Connecticut’s longest-serving HIV activists and is also the Co-Chair of the New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS.

Noah Michael Smith. Photo by Andrew Swensen

Artistic Director Noah Michael Smith said in a press release, “What makes this work unique from any other is that it will not attempt to predetermine the viewer’s experience but will have sufficient range, depth, dynamics, contrast and rhythms to allow the viewer to arrive at their own interpretation.” Night Sweats will be followed by a new work titled Love Songs, an original composition also by Noah Michael Smith. This music will be set to movement featuring local LGBTQ+ and HIV-positive activists with video production also created by a local LGBTQ+ designer. The entire program will take place virtually, filmed in Lyric Hall, one of New Haven’s most historic performance venues.

In addition to Night Sweats, the Pride Center and its partners will present a series of programs over the course of five days. This will include an art exhibition featuring works by fine artist Jonathan Joseph and installation artist John Suro, several talks and panels on HIV/AIDS today, and the Elsie Cofield Awards. All of these programs will be streamed live completely free to the public.

World AIDS Day commemorates those loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS. To honor those valiant warriors, the New Haven Pride Center, the New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS and Guardian Health Association invites you to submit names of your lost loved ones to be recognized during this years’ observance. If you would like to submit a name of a loved one, please visit: www.newhavenpridecenter.org/worldaidsday.


More information can be found at: www.newhavenpridecenter.org.

—Reporting by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.