"Normal Heart" Star Mark Ruffalo Hints at Stage Return in "Timely" Drama
11 Aug 2014
Mark Ruffalo, who earned an Emmy Award nomination for portraying Ned Weeks in the HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, revealed in an recent interview with Deadline.com that he hopes to return to the stage in the near future.
"I'm dying to come back. And I was sort of hoping that next year, after all this, I just went with my film career this last year or so, all these things…" Ruffalo told Deadline.com. "I would love to come back, and I actually read a beautiful new play by Timothy McNeil that I am going to start just seeing if there’s some interest in it. It’s a really mature, very literary piece that is very powerful and I think very timely. It’s a hell of a piece of theatre. And you know, in the great tradition of the theatre, I refuse to be any one thing. Or any one person."
McNeil's works include Supernova, Anything, Purplish, Schism and The Straight Bozo.
Ruffalo has appeared on stage in This Is Our Youth, Awake and Sing! and The Moment When. His screen credits include "You Can Count on Me," "Margaret," "The Kids Are Alright," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" among others.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.