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To help close Highways Performance Space’s two-month 30th anniversary festival, artist and activist Michael Kearns, a hero as the first openly HIV-positive actor in Hollywood (The Waltons, Cheers, Body Double), assembles a diverse cast to deliver the stories in wet hankies — Wanda-Lee Evans, Dean Howell, Dale Raoul, Dave Trudell, Tim Miller, Leo Garcia and Ron Dennis. Besides intimacies, produced in Highways’ first season, in this retrospective yet forward-looking performative storytelling session Kearns shares new monologues tracing his long career in the context of LGBTQ politics in America.

Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica; Sun., June 30, 5 p.m.; $15.(310) 453-1755, highwaysperformance.org

LA Weekly