Below is a staged, virtual reading of Act One of Cheryl L. West’s BEFORE IT HITS HOME, a groundbreaking play that examines the impact of HIV across Black communities.

Hosted by the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Awareness Society (IDEAS) at Commonwealth Theatre Center. IDEAS at CTC is a group where people can learn from and engage with diverse communities through theatre. Created out of the need to broaden our ideas about the collective theatre experience, IDEAS reimagines the way we see theatre from classical to contemporary using our own individual experiences for markers of success.

Filmed live on April 8, 2021. Note: this play is rated PG-13. Content warnings include intense medical and sexual situations, violence, and some hateful language.