PHOTO CALL: The Normal Heart with Mantello, Close and More
By Krissie Fullerton
19 Oct 2010
Tony Award-winning director Joe Mantello took on the central role of Ned Weeks in the one night only performance of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart. The performance was produced by Daryl Roth and benefited both The Actors Fund and Friends in Deed.
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.