The play is described as “the story of a city in denial.” The Normal Heart “unfolds like a real-life political thriller—as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching, and totally unforgettable look at the sexual politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theatre’s most powerful evenings ever.”
The cast features Ellen Barkin, Patrick Breen, Mark Harelik, John Benjamin Hickey, Joe Mantello, Luke Macfarlane, Lee Pace, Jim Parsons, Richard Topol and Wayne Alan Wilcox and will only play 96 performances.
DiLella will host a talkback at the Golden Theatre, home of The Normal Heart, on May 26 with Playbill Magazine's editor-in-chief Blake Ross. The special "$30 for 30" performance will offer a discount to anyone born in 1980 or after in hopes of exposing the important messages of Kramer's play to a younger generation of theatregoers.