GO Arts: Peter Serko’s one-man portrayal “My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg” opens tomorrow at Dukesbay

Tacoma News TribuneJanuary 28, 2014 

What happens when you spend 20 years living at a distance from your brother – then discover he’s dying of AIDS? And then, 20 years later, what happens when you start researching his life on Facebook? The answer is in “My Brother Kissed Mark Zuckerberg,” a new one-man play by Tacoma writer-performer (and photographer) Peter Serko, opening this Saturday at Dukesbay Theater downtown.

Serko was drawn into his brother David’s New York life when David was diagnosed with HIV at the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1988. As it often does, the nearness of death drew them closer.

In 2012, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his brother’s death, Serko began “The David Serko Project,” compiling memories, images and stories of David from Facebook friends Peter had never met. Now he brings the personal story to dramatic life.

From the press release: “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.”

7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 7 p.m. Feb. 8. Dukesbay Theater, 508 S. Sixth Ave #10, Tacoma (3rd Floor, Merlino Arts Center) Tickets: peterserko.brownpapertickets.com

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568 rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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