Just a Little Lovin' (JaLL) is a live action role-playing (larp) event that explores the lives of people in alternative sexual and spiritual subcultures from 1982 to 1984 in Saratoga, New York, during the initial onset of the AIDS crisis. Players enact the roles of individuals in a community mostly composed of LGBTQ+ people and cancer survivors invited to a big gay 4th of July party. The larp explores the themes of friendship, desire, and fear of death.
Just a Little Lovin' is intended for participants of any gender, orientation, or sexuality interested in exploring ramifications of the HIV epidemic in the gay, lesbian, and alternative scenes in the 1980s. Just a Little Lovin' is a space for characters to experience physicality, dancing, performance, flirtation, and sexuality.
Characters experience the vibrant and happy gay culture of the '80s with no fear of tomorrow. Then, the theme suddenly turns tragic in the face of death. The larp focuses on strong emotions, including the feelings around death and personal loss, and is often experienced as quite celebratory, emphasizing the urge to cherish precious moments with loved ones in the face of tragedy.
Participants should be open to engaging with the sensitive subject matters of HIV and cancer and strong emotional themes, including romance, sexuality, and grief. Consent and community care are core values of this larp that are built into the structure, mechanics, and debriefing. Potential players should be comfortable embodying characters who will touch and be touched by others.
All participants will experience the three main themes of the larp: friendship, desire, and fear of death.
The organizers will work with participants to create an environment where players feel safe stepping outside their comfort zone, both as larpers and as human beings.
The larp will be of professional quality both practically and artistically.
At JaLL, organizers and participants will tell a story together, collaboratively and creatively. JaLL is not an experience you can passively consume. We want to recruit you to co-create an unforgettable experience with us. You can expect support and guidance from the organizers after the sign-up process. Likewise, we will expect some measure of physical, emotional, and mental work from you as collaborators to help make JaLL happen.
Here are some examples of the responsibilities you’ll have as a JaLL participant. We will make necessary accommodations so that every participant is able to contribute to JaLL USA 2017.