PHOTO CALL: Arena Stage's The Normal Heart Benefit Gala

By Joseph Marzullo
July 26, 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, which opened June 14 following previews that began June 8. A benefit gala for Washington AIDS Partnership and Arena Stage was held on July 23.





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Patricia Wettig, Patrick Breen and Michael Berresse with event attendees
Photo by Kevin Allen


 

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."

For more information visit arenastage.org.