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The Normal Heart

by Larry Kramer
Directed by John Fisher
November 3 – 25, 2017
The Gateway Theatre (formerly Eureka)
215 Jackson St Map It
Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one 10-minute intermission.
A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man’s lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in NY, London and LA. The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease.
Originally published in 1985 and celebrated in a passionate and eloquent 2011 Broadway revival. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Normal_Heart
The Normal Heart is a Theatre Rhinoceros Premiere. It was last presented in San Francisco by ACT in September 2012. A made for TV film on HBO directed by Ryan Murphy in May 2014 – won 2 Emmy Awards including Best TV Movie, and Best Supporting Actor (Matt Bomer).

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The Critics Applaud The Normal Heart

Theater Rhinoceros’ The Normal Heart might break your own heart.

David Elijah Nahmod, Broke Ass Stuart

The characters become real in their time upon the stage, and as they die on and off the stage. You will become involved in each as distinct individuals. … Jeremy Cole underplays his role to perfection. His transformation from charming and humorous to an AIDS patient with a deteriorating body is so heart wrenching to make you hold your breath. … Leticia Duarte gives a strong performance from her wheel chair and her explosion when the National Institute of Health offers a pittance for AIDS research is an appropriate shocker. 

Kedar K. Adour, MD, For All Events, Nov. 6, 2017

The Normal Heart is a moving chronicle of the birth of AIDS activism.

Vince Vmediaa, Vmedia
[The] cast isn’t afraid to ride an emotional roller coaster that leaves them shedding copious tears as the play moves toward the final curtain.

Richard Dodds, Bay Area Reporter, Nov. 9, 2017

Director John Fisher’s “The Normal Heart” depicts the complex development of political resistance to HIV/AIDS, and ultimately, an existential struggle for the future of queer identity. Theatre Rhino reminds us that when silence is death, there is no choice but to speak up.  … Fisher’s production is significant and impassioned, thanks to the spot-on cast and excellent acting

Wes Adrianson, Theatrius, Nov. 6, 2017
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Larry Kramer (Playwright)

Larry Kramer, a writer and AIDS activist, is a founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP. His screenplays include the Oscar-nominated Women in Love, and his plays include the Obie-winning and Pulitzer finalist The Destiny of Me, and Tony Award-winning The Normal Heart, which was adapted into an Emmy Award-winning movie for HBO. His novels are Faggots (Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters) and The American People: Volume 1: Search for My Heart. His political writings include the books, Reports from the holocaust and The Tragedy of Today’s Gays. He is the subject of an HBO documentary Larry Kramer in Love and Anger. He was named a Master American Dramatist by the PEN/Laura Pels Int’l. Foundation for Theater. Volume 2 of The American People: The Brutality of Fact will be forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. He recently received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Yale.

Larry Kramer, photo (c) David Shankbone

Larry Kramer
photo (c) David Shankbone

Production Photos

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Ned, Jeremy Alan Howard as David, and Tim Garcia as Mickey in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Ned, Jeremy Alan Howard as David, and Tim Garcia as Mickey in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Ned and Jeremy Cole as Felix in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Ned and Jeremy Cole as Felix in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Benoît Monin as Bruce, Tim Garcia as Mickey, Morgan Lange as Tommy and John Fisher as Ned in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Benoît Monin as Bruce, Tim Garcia as Mickey, Morgan Lange as Tommy and John Fisher as Ned in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Tim Garcia as Mickey, John Fisher as Ned, Benoît Monin as Bruce, Nick Moore as Craig and Leticia Duarte as Emma in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Tim Garcia as Mickey, John Fisher as Ned, Benoît Monin as Bruce, Nick Moore as Craig and Leticia Duarte as Emma in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy and Tim Garcia as Mickey in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy and Tim Garcia as Mickey in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Jeremy Cole as Felix and John Fisher as Ned in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Jeremy Cole as Felix and John Fisher as Ned in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Jeremy Cole as Felix and Robert Zelenka as Ben in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Jeremy Cole as Felix and Robert Zelenka as Ben in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Leticia Duarte as Emma and John Fisher as Ned in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Leticia Duarte as Emma and John Fisher as Ned in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Ned, Tim Garcia as Mickey and Nick Moore as Craig in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer; A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: John Fisher as Ned, Tim Garcia as Mickey and Nick Moore as Craig in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer.
A Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre.) Photo by David Wilson.

Publicity Photos

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright, John Fisher as Ned Weeks, and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright, John Fisher as Ned Weeks, and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and John Fisher as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and John Fisher as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

Pictured left to right: Morgan Lange as Tommy Boatwright and Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.

John Fisher as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.
John Fisher as Ned Weeks in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.
Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.
Benoît Monin as Bruce Niles in THE NORMAL HEART by Larry Kramer, a Theatre Rhinoceros Production at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre). Photo by David Wilson.