Thirty-five years ago, a mysterious disease emerged in New York City that began claiming the lives of young gay men at a rapid rate. Doctors were baffled. Many individuals – including prominent elected officials – remained silent, while others not only fought to bring awareness to this crisis, but also were in a battle for their own lives.
Larry Kramer’s powerhouse drama “The Normal Heart” chronicles the rise of AIDS in New York City as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks and a group of friends. This November, the Tony Award-winning show will make its Tri-Cities debut. Produced by Glasgow Theatre Company, the show will be presented at Johnson City Community Theatre Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m.
The Glasgow production stars local actors Josh Cassels, Chris Jones, Joy Nagy, Matt Quick, Larry Bunton, Jonathan Marin, Richard Lura, Drew Wilder, Matt Kilby, Dylan Jantz and Shannon Skinner-Cox.
Directed by Joe Smith, the show also includes Daniel Harr as stage manager, Debra Shoun as assistant director, William Cate as props master, Josh Cassels as set/lighting designer, David Van Tieghem as music/sound designer, Curtis Walsh as costume designer, Shawn Landreth as makeup designer, H.F. Rader as sound board operator and Sabra Hayden as light board operator.
“The Normal Heart” appeared on Broadway in 2011 starring Joe Mantello, John Benjamin Hickey, Ellen Barkin, Lee Pace and Jim Parsons and received several Tony Awards. It was released as an HBO film in 2014 with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Alfred Molina, Taylor Kitsch, Jonathan Groff and Jim Parsons, who reprised his role as Tommy Boatwright.
Support for Glasgow’s production of “The Normal Heart” is provided by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The show is produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets are $10 and can be reserved online or by calling 423-797-8482.
Directions to Johnson City Community Theatre
From ETSU/Downtown area: Take State of Franklin toward Downtown. Go past Tupelo Honey Café (on your right) and after passing WJHL TV-11 (on left), make a right onto Division Street at the overpass. At the end of Division Street, make a left onto Maple Street. JCCT is located at the end of that street on the right.
From Interstate-26: Take Exit 24 (Elizabethton). At bottom of ramp, make left turn. At next intersection, make right at Walgreen’s onto South Roan Street. Make a right onto Maple Street (JC School System office will be on your right). Once on Maple, JCCT will be a couple of blocks down the street on your right. The building is an old brick church transformed into a community theater.