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, Friday, Nov. 11, and 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 by calling 423-797-8482 or by ordering online at tickets.glasgowtheatrecompany.org