PHOTO CALL: Patrick Breen, Patricia Wettig, Luke MacFarlane and More Star in The Normal Heart at Arena Stage
By Krissie Fullerton
14 Jun 2012
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater presents the 2011 Tony Award-winning production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe, opening June 14 following previews that began June 8.
The cast features Patrick Breen, who played Mickey Marcus in the Broadway production, as Ned Weeks, Luke MacFarlane, who played Craig Donner/Grady on Broadway, as Felix Turner, How to Succeed's Christopher J. Hanke as Tommy Boatwright, Patricia Wettig (Holly Harper on ABC’s "Brothers & Sisters," FOX's "Prison Break") as Dr. Emma Brookner, Tom Berklund (Broadway's The Addams Family) as Craig Donner/Grady, Michael Berresse (Broadway's A Chorus Line) as Mickey Marcus, Chris Dinolfo (Round House Theatre's Next Fall) as David, Jon Levenson (understudy for Broadway's The Normal Heart) as Hiram Keebler/Examining Doctor, Nick Mennell (Broadway's A Free Man of Color) as Bruce Niles and John Procaccino (Lincoln Center Theater's Blood and Gifts) as Ben Weeks.
The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart, press note state, "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 politics of New York during the AIDS crisis remains one of the theatre's most powerful evenings ever."