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MEMORIAL 4'?m2f AIDS memorial, commemorating dangerous behavior

LIZ -- (enters carrying notebook, crosses to podium, opens
notebook, looks around, looks at watch, paces briefly, looks at
watch, reads) Allan Anderson... Fred Anderson... Ralph Ardell...
Eugene Ardmore...

AMY -- (enters, looks around, approaches) Excuse me?

LIZ -- Yes?

AMY -- What are you doing?

LIZ -- This was supposed to be an AIDS memorial, but nobody
showed up. I thought I'd read the names anyway.

AMY -- Read the names.

LIZ -- The names of the people who died of AIDS.

AMY -- Hence the title AIDS Memorial.

LIZ -- Exactly. (reads) James Aston, Robert Atwater...

AMY -- Excuse me?

LIZ -- Yes?

AMY -- These names you're reading, these are war veterans,
right?

LIZ -- (scans notebook, pages) No. I don't think so... (pages)
No. Definitely not. (points) I know this person. He was never in
the military. (reads) Walter Azimov... Frank Baker...

AMY -- Excuse me?

LIZ -- Yes?

AMY -- What did these people do... why are you memorializing
them?

LIZ -- I thought I told you that. They died of AIDS.

AMY -- That's it?

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- You're memorializing them because of the disease they
died from?

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- Uh huh.

LIZ -- (reads) James Barber...

AMY -- Listen, I hate to keep interrupting...

LIZ -- Yes?

AMY -- Can I assume you also have a list of people who died of
Heart Disease and another list of people who died of cancer?

LIZ -- No. Just AIDS. This is an AIDS memorial.

AMY -- AIDS only.

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- And they have nothing in common except that they died of
the same disease.

LIZ -- That's right.

AMY -- And you think that's important to remember?

LIZ -- Yes. I'm not the only one. There are dozens of AIDS
memorials all over the country at this very hour.

AMY -- And they're memorializing people who died of AIDS.

LIZ -- Yes. (reads) David Bartholomew... Richard Battle...

AMY -- Listen, I hate to be so dense. But...

LIZ -- Yes?

AMY -- Well, I don't understand why one person, let alone people
in several cities would want to memorialize people for the
disease they died from.

LIZ -- You can't?

AMY -- No. I mean, I applauded the memorial of the men who died
of radiation poisoning after they contained the Chernobel
nuclear accident, because they got sick while saving lives. Did
any of these (points) people get their disease while saving
lives?

LIZ -- I don't think so.

AMY -- How did these people get their disease?

LIZ -- Mostly by having unprotected sex with several different
sex partners. (quickly) But some of them got AIDS by injecting
drugs with infected syringes.

AMY -- So, what you're saying is that these people you're
memorializing died of a disease that could have been prevented?

LIZ -- Yes.

AMY -- Oh, I see. You know, to be fair, you should include the
other victims of preventable deaths too, like those who died of
alcoholism, serosis of the liver, drug overdoses, and those who
died in gun battles with police.

LIZ -- No. This is only an AIDS memorial.

AMY -- But, why? What is there about them that you would WANT to
remember?! Who were you expecting to show up here? The sex
partners they infected with AIDS?

LIZ -- (pauses, looks to audience, looks to Amy) I don't know.
It sounded like a real noble cause. But when you put it like
that, I think I know why nobody showed up. (moves toward exit)

AMY -- (follows) But you haven't finished yet. You're only on
the B's.

LIZ -- (turns) Listen, I won't tell anybody I was here if you
don't.

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