The Normal Heart
Written by activist Larry Kramer in 1985, The Normal Heart is an intimate story of a tight-knit group of friends, that doubles as a real-life political thriller. Called "a masterwork of love, rage, and pride" Heart is an unflinching look at the sexual politics of New York during the discovery of the AIDS epidemic.
Directing for Strawberry Theatre Workshop is Sheila Daniels (2011 TPS Gregory Award for Strawshop's Breaking the Code).
Greg Lyle-Newton is featured as Kramer's semi-biographical alter ego, Ned Weeks. He is supported by Stranger Genius Amy Thone as Dr Emma Brookner, Intiman Artistic Director Andrew Russell as NY Times columnist Felix Turner, Rob Burgess (Hound of the Baskervilles) as brother Ben Weeks, and Peter Crook (The Seagull Project) as the closeted activist Bruce Niles.
The cast also includes Stephen Black, Brian Culbertson, Joseph Cummngs, and Simon Hamlin. Designers are Reed Nakayama, Ron Erickson, Katherine Stromberger, and Strawshop Artistic Director Greg Carter. The Normal Heart is stage-managed by Claire Branch and Gabrielle Strong.
THE NORMAL HEART INCLUDES VULGAR LANGUAGE THAT MAY MAKE IT UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12.
About The Normal Heart
The Normal Heart follows the journey of gay activist Ned Weeks as he attempts to establish an AIDS awareness organization in a city with an active and thriving gay population in 1981. The government and medical community's refusal to acknowledge the virus as a crisis presents Ned and his friends with many obstacles, and raises questions of ethics and human rights in these leading institutions. The resistance from government officials and medical professionals is reminder that the first step of an international political movement is individual action. At The Normal Heart's core is the story of one man who refused to let doctors, politicians, and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence, but also emphasizes the need for education and compassion surrounding the serious, life-threatening virus.
About Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Founded in 2004 by Greg Carter, Strawberry Theatre Workshop is a professional theatre company dedicated to socially engaged work of the highest caliber. Strawshop is a Stranger Genius Award winner, a four-time Seattle Times Footlight Award winner, and the only company to be nominated for a TPS Gregory Award for Outstanding Production four years in a row. Known for its critically aclaimed productions of Breaking the Code, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Elephant Man, and The Laramie Project, Strawshop is anchored in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Strawshop is one of three companies selected to operate the new 12th Avenue Arts, a center for theatre slated to open in October 2014.
The Normal Heart
Opens: Thursday, January 16, 2014
All Shows: 7:30 pm
Venue: Erickson Theatre Off Broadway
Address: 1524 Harvard Av, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Ticket Prices: $36 General, $27 Seniors, $18 Students
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Erickson Theatre Off Broadway (View)
1524 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|