Well-known faces from TV shows will join to a virtual “The Normal Heart” read-through for charity!
Some TV actors will join a virtual charity event on May 8 in which they will perform in a reading of “The Normal Heart”.
“The Normal Heart” is a Tony-winning play by Larry Kramer, which, for the occasion, will be directed by Paris Barclay.
This will be the first time that Kramer’s largely autobiographical work will be performed predominantly by black people and LGBTQ community members.
Tickets have been on sale since April 8 and proceeds will be donated to the ONE Archives Foundation, in favor of LGBTQ educational initiatives, and Invisible Histories Project, an association that is committed to preserving the legacy of HIV-AIDS and LGBTQ activists.
This version’s cast of “The Normal Heart” includes:
– Laverne Cox (“Orange is The New Black”)
– Sterling K. Brown (“This is us”)
– Jake Borelli (“Grey’s Anatomy”)
– Jay Hayden (“Station 19”)
– Daniel Newman (“Walking Dead”)
– Jeremy Pope (“Hollywood”)
– Vincent Rodriguez III (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”; “Insatiable”)
– Danielle Savre (“Station 19”)
Paris Barclay, director of this version of “The Normal Heart”, is also part of the LGBTQ community. In fact he identifies himself as gay.
“I lived in New York through the 1980s, saw the original production with Brad Davis, and have never forgotten the experience. Through today’s lens, the story of a marginalized group of people pushed to activism by the onslaught of an epidemic clearly was worth telling again. We’ve assembled an extraordinary cast that makes this particular reading even more timely, and we hope, more powerful.”Paris Barclay, director of this version of The Normal Heart on the event
“The Normal Heart”: the play becomes a charity read-through!
“The Normal Heart” focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. After cofounding the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982, Kramer founded ACT UP in 1987. Produced and taught all over the world, “The Normal Heart” was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Plays of the 20th century by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.
The play premiered off Broadway at New York’s Public Theater in 1985, and it was staged on Broadway by director Joel Grey and starred Joe Mantello in 2011, winning a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. It was the longest-running play in the history of The Public Theater. It was also made into an Emmy Award winning film in 2014 for HBO.
“This virtual reading of ‘The Normal Heart’ reflects a continuing narrative of advocacy, organizing, and the importance of community activism, particularly in an environment with insufficient government resources.”Maigen Sullivan, director of research and development at the Invisible Histories Project
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