Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart” To Spread Message Across United States
FOR RELEASE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011
TONY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCTION OF
“ T H E N O R M A L H E A R T ”
TO SPREAD ITS MESSAGE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
WASHINGTON, DC’S ARENA STAGE
TO HOST FIRST REGIONAL PRODUCTION
FOLLOWED BY A NATIONAL TOUR
New York, NY – Producer Daryl Roth announced today that following its Tony-winning Broadway run earlier this year, Larry Kramer’s ground-breaking play The Normal Heart will take its message across the country. A group of prestigious regional theaters across the country will launch the tour.
Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage will host the first regional production from June 6 to July 29, 2012. Casting information will be announced shortly.
“The Normal Heart is a play that deserves to be seen by audiences everywhere, and I am fiercely committed to making sure that happens, especially in Washington, DC during ‘AIDS 2012’, the biennial international AIDS conference that returns to the United States for the first time in 22 years” said Ms. Roth.
Directed by George C. Wolfe, The Normal Heart design team includes David Rockwell (Sets), Martin Pakledinaz (Costumes), David Weiner (Lighting), David Van Tieghem (Sound and Original Music), and Batwin & Robin (Projections).
The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller — as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. First produced by Joseph Papp at New York’s Public Theater, the play was a critical sensation and a seminal moment in theater history. So ahead of its time was this play that many of the core issues it addresses – including gay marriage, the healthcare system and, of course, AIDS – are just as relevant today as they were when it first premiered.
The Normal Heart won three 2011 Tony® Awards, including Best Revival of a Play. The play was honored as Best Revival of a Play by the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards, along with a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
The Broadway premiere of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart was produced by Daryl Roth, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment in association with Gregory Rae and Jayne Baron Sherman/Alexander Fraser. The 25th anniversary Broadway staged reading of The Normal Heart was held on October 18, 2010, produced by Daryl Roth and directed by Joel Grey.