"My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" is a one-man play featuring writer-performer Peter Serko. A true story, the production tells the tale of Peter's younger brother David's life and death from AIDS at age 32.
David, a gay man, comes of age at the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in New York City in the 1980's. While close, the two brothers spend almost twenty years living apart at great distance leading very different lives. When David is diagnosed with HIV in 1988 Peter is suddenly drawn into his brother's life. AIDS brings a sense of urgency to their relationship transforming both men and forever changing Peter's life.
In early 2012 Peter started The David Serko Project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of David's death. The goal was to learn more about David's life in the twenty years they spent apart. Conducted almost exclusively online using Facebook, the Project drew on the collective memories of more than 100 people on Facebook who knew David. Material gathered via the Project brings other voices into the story painting a picture of a man who was loved by all who knew him.
Although a personal story, the production touches on universal themes of unconditional love, the true meaning of friendship, the importance of hope, and the enduring power of courage. It is a story of a man who changed and inspired others by being nothing more than true to himself and an honest and loving friend to others. David's haunting and prophetic final words to Peter, "listen to your heart", challenge and inspire each of us to live life to fullest, be true to ourselves and follow our dreams... to "listen to our hearts".
"My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" joins an emerging body of artistic endeavors exploring the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic, a time now known as the "plague era" where a generation of mostly gay men were lost, struck down in the prime of their lives. AIDS is not gone, it is not cured. AIDS takes millions of lives worldwide. 50,000 new HIV infections still occur in the US each year. These are important stories that must be told.
"My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg" is a moving yet joyous and laughter filled tribute to a man tragically cut down by AIDS whose memory and life continues to transform and inspire.
Dukesbay Theater (View)
508 6th Ave #10
Tacoma, WA 98402