David Cromer to Star in Chicago-Area Reading of The Normal Heart

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01 Jul 2014

David Cromer
David Cromer
Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Obie Award winner David Cromer will star in a Chicago-area reading of Larry Kramer's AIDS drama The Normal Heart, which will be presented as a benefit for the Three Oaks Theater Festival.

Presented July 12 at 7 PM, Cromer (Our Town, Tribes) reunites with original cast members from the TimeLine Theatre's 2013 production of The Normal Heart. In addition to Cromer reprising his performance as Ned Weeks, the reading will feature Marc Grapey as Ben Weeks and Mary Beth Fisher as Dr. Emma Brookner.

Nick Bowling directs.

Here's how it's billed: "Set at the height of the public and private indifference to the AIDS plague in the early 1980s, this staged reading will feature acclaimed actor/director David Cromer as a passionate activist leading the fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Along the way he, and the community he leads into the battle, must face the deeply held fears that led so many to remain silent for too long."

The Three Oaks Theater Festival, presented in Harbor Country, MI, will also feature A Piano With Three Tales; The Magic Parlour; Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie; Exit Strategy; and Hughie.

Visit threeoaksfestival.com for more information.