This year marks twenty-four revolutions around the sun since the world bade a tearful farewell to The People's Princess; England's Rose- Diana, Princess of Wales. While the British Royal Family has evolved over the last two decades with the remarriage of Prince Charles to his long-time lover Camilla Parker-Bowles; the marriage of both Prince William and Prince Harry to commoners; and with Meghan Markle becoming the first American to shake the monarchy to its core since Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry an American divorcée; in spite of these royal revelations, the world seems to revolve on an inexorable axis of mourning for Princess Diana. Lady Diana Spencer was not only a nurturer, mother, humanitarian, philanthropist, activist, LGBTQIA+ Ally (before anyone had the courage to publicly ally with HIV+/AIDS victims), she also personified the pillars of: Compassion, Duty, Hope, and Beauty. Diana is an international icon and History At Play™, LLC recalls her enduring impact on what would have been her 60th birthday.
Lady Diana embraced the hearts of millions with her demure smile; her generous compassion; and her public gentility. When Diana married into the Royal Family on July 29, 1981, having recently turned only 20 years of age, she had seen Prince Charles, 12 years her senior, a grand total of thirteen times before she found herself walking down the aisle of St. Paul's Cathedral. Diana intuitively understood the responsibility inherent upon being thrust onto a global pedestal and used her position to spotlight causes that were ignored and misunderstood; namely her charity and compassion for those suffering with HIV/AIDS, along with children, who were victims of disease and war. Her relentless humanitarian efforts changed the face of the HIV/AIDS virus and the treatment of its victims, while inciting a renewed interest in improving the welfare of children and casualties of landmines.
In the 1980s, Diana famously visited London hospitals, where HIV/AIDS patients were treated. The virus, at that time, was relatively new and misunderstood; a human immunodeficiency virus that ravaged the LGBTQIA+ Community and would go on to decimate populations of heterosexual Black women, living in countries where "dry sex" was not only alluring, but which also garnered substantial profit for sex workers. When the virus first rampaged the global populace, it was so perturbing that even physicians errantly believed it could be transmitted by simply shaking the hand of an infected person. Diana, with monumental courage, defied the flawed fear-mongering, which propagated injustice against innocent victims. In those London hospitals, she shook hands with HIV/AIDS patients, sans gloves, and without discussing the physical gesture with the Royal Family in advance. In doing so, the Princess softened the steel-hearted populace which was yet to understand a horrific virus and disease. Her unrehearsed -- and ungloved -- act of LOVE changed the global perception of HIV/AIDS and de-stigmatized the conditions surrounding treatment. On June 25, 1997, only two months before her tragic death, Diana auctioned seventy-nine of her decadent gowns to benefit AIDS and cancer charities. She raised $3.25 Million for the Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund and AIDS Crisis Trust in an auction organized by Christie's International of New York City.
Diana's compassion, which was always apparent, captured for perpetuity in 1987, when she shook hands with an AIDS patient at a London hospital. This ungloved gesture of empathy brought worldwide compassion to the AIDS Crisis, dispelling an incorrect notion that the virus could be transmitted simply by touch.
PHOTO (C) John Redman/AP
In Summer 2022, on the 25th Anniversary of Diana's tragic passing, HAP, LLC will debut a new Immersive Living History Experience, Diana of LOVE™; researched, written, produced, and performed by Artistic Director J. Kalaora. Diana of LOVE™ follows the icon's life behind the scrutinized pages of worldwide headlines, pulling back the curtain to reveal a woman, who gave so much to so many, while concealing her own psychological traumas and mental health struggles, which she endured throughout much of her life. Despite this internal unrest, Diana was a force for LOVE.
Contact History At Play™, LLC for information about Diana of LOVE™.We are now accepting bookings for Summer 2022 and beyond for this world premiere Immersive Living History Experience.
(Top) Princess Diana of Wales [PHOTO Mario Testino for Vanity Fair, 1997, only months before Di's death]. (Bottom) J. Kalaora as Princess Diana in an all-new Immersive Living History Experience, Diana of LOVE™. Debuting Summer 2022, in honor of the 25th anniversary of Diana's passing. [PHOTO: Claudia Gustafson Fine Art]
Application deadline is August 2, 2021, for projects occurring after November 1, 2021!Our team is available to assist. Peruse our 2021 Program Manual by clicking the button below.
Be well. Be kind. MAKE HISTORY!
Judith Kalaora Founder | Artistic Director &
Rachel Lucas Marketing Manager | Administrator
Chronicling the Legacies of
Influential & Often Forgotten Figures.
FRIDAY July 9, 2021. 7:30 PM ET (UTC-5)
Viewable for 48 hours!
You are cordially invited to Buckingham Palace to meet Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince. Step into the halls of Buckingham Palace during the Great Exhibition, as HR Queen Victoria and HRH Prince Albert reflect on their lives together and wonder how this ever-changing world will appreciate monarchy in the future.
FRIDAY July 23, 2021. 7:30 PM ET (UTC-5)
Viewable for 48 hours!
After an almost 100-year struggle for suffrage, Lucy Burns, an American suffragist and women's rights activist, revitalizes the flagging Woman's Suffrage Movement in the 1910s, after encountering the militant arm of the Suffragette Movement in Europe.
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Rendezvous with Rachel RevereIN-PERSON
SATURDAY-SUNDAY, September 25-26, 2021; Two programs, times TBD.
Rombout Colonial Days, Sponsored by Brinckerhoff House Historic Site, East Fishkill Historical Society
68 Kensington Drive
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
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