New Jersey Production of The Normal Heart Will Benefit the Gay Men's Health Crisis

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24 Aug 2014

The Cranford Dramatic Club Theatre will present a benefit showing of Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning work The Normal Heart — with a portion of the proceeds going to the Gay Men's Health Crisis — Sept. 5-6 in Cranford, NJ.

Co-directed by Jeff Fiorello and Alan Van Antwerp, the cast includes Chris Abbott as Craig, Sal Navarro as Mickey, Gus Ibranyi as Ned, David Christopher as David, Leslie Reagoso as Emma, Terry Darling as Bruce, Scott Tyler as Felix, Jeff Maschi as Ben, John Sechrist as Tommy, Rob Evans as Hiram, Brian Hall as Grady, Joe Leo as Examining Dr. and Pam Wilczynski and Alan Van Antwerp as Orderlies.

The Normal Heart, according to CDC, "rocks the audience to the core and shakes the conventional wisdom about the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s. 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 New York, London and Los Angeles, The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community."

Megan Ferentinos produces.

Years after its Off-Broadway debut, The Normal Heart bowed on Broadway in 2011 and took home three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play. Kramer's work was recently adapted for HBO by Ryan Murphy. The television film starred Mark Ruffalo, Jonathan Groff, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Alfred Molina, Joe Mantello and Julia Roberts.



The Cranford Dramatic Club is located at 78 Winans Avenue in Cranford, NJ. For more information and tickets, visit CDCTheatre.org.