Commissioned by the Bergalis family to explore Kimberly’s case of contracting the AIDS virus, the playwright becomes part of the story as an essential observer to the story. Kim’s encounters with Lee reflect their relationship in real life as well as the “playwright” and “character” in the play. A third character, Matthew, represents a composite of the thousands of gay men who have suffered in the AIDS epidemic. As the play recounts Kim’s case, spotlighting the media and political circuses surrounding it, we see all three characters struggle with the debate and with their innermost feelings about themselves and each other.
“Blessing's appetite for moral complexity has never been more challenged and his capacity to avoid settling for mere indignation has never been more welcome than in Patient A. ” (Time Magazine. )