Note: The video clip from this performance features graphic language and adult situations. Viewer discretion advised.

“I’ve been an HIV nurse for 14 years, and I know all of those people.”

The endorsement came from a woman in the audience, after the opening night performance of intimacies kicked off the Solo Takes On Festival of one-person shows, Friday night at the ArtsCenter.

As one of the first television and film actors to come out as gay, Michael Kearns helped pave the way for generations to come. But when he announced that he was HIV-positive, his career evaporated before his eyes. Starved for work, he developed intimacies, a one-man show about six striking individuals affected by AIDS — and he toured the world with it.

Eventually, his career recovered as living with AIDS slowly became a reality, and not just a dream. The 20th Anniversary Tour of his now-historic solo performance continues Saturday night at 8 p.m. at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Tickets are $15 and $10.