The Normal Heart Beats On, Extending to May 30

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Critical acclaim and audience interest have prompted an extension of The Worth Street Theater Company's production of Larry Kramer's landmark AIDS drama, the Normal Heart, at The Public Theater, through May 30.
Joanna Gleason and Raul Esparza in The Normal Heart
Joanna Gleason and Raul Esparza in The Normal Heart Photo by Carol Rosegg

Directed by David Esbjornson, the cast features Raúl Esparza and Joanna Gleason. Hosted by The Public, Worth Street's The Normal Heart opened April 21, the same day the original production opened at The Public Theater nearly 20 years ago. This staging received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play and four Drama League nominations, including a nomination for Distinguished Revival of a Play. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM.

All tickets are $55 and can be purchased by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, visiting the website or going to The Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street (at Astor Place).

"The Normal Heart is the opening chapter in the history of what will become the AIDS plague," according to production notes. "In 1981 young men are dying in increasing numbers. No one wants to hear about it or know about it or help. A few gay men, with the urging of their doctor, try to start an organization to tell the world. This play documents what happens."

The cast also includes Richard Bekins, Fred Berman, McCaleb Burnett, Mark Dobies, Jay Russell, Billy Warlock and Paul Whitthorne.

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