Tony-Winning The Normal Heart Will Play San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater

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22 May 2012

San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater will open its 2012-13 season with Larry Kramer's landmark play, The Normal Heart, which focuses on the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City.

Directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, performances are scheduled for Sept. 13-Oct. 7 at the American Conservatory Theater.

Casting will be announced at a later date.

The Normal Heart, according to press notes, "unfolds like a real-life political thriller as a tight-knit group of friends refuse to let doctors, politicians, and the press bury the truth about an epidemic ravaging the gay community behind a wall of silence."

Wolfe’s 2011 Broadway staging received three Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and the Outer Circle Critics Circle Award, all naming it Best Revival of a Play. The show was also awarded the Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle.



In a statement artistic director Carey Perloff said, "I am so moved and delighted to open the season with a piece as fierce, funny, and ferocious as The Normal Heart. This beautiful production is such a wonderful reminder that fighting is better than forgetting, and that all of us are more complicated and contradictory than we would wish. Kramer has created such rich, three-dimensional human beings in The Normal Heart, and it is deeply satisfying to revisit their lives and their struggles from our contemporary perspective.”

The Normal Heart reunites members of the Broadway revival’s design team, including scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer Martin Pakledinaz, lighting designer David Weiner, sound designer and original music composer David Van Tieghem and projection designer Batwin & Robin. Joining the team is restaging director Leah C. Gardiner.

Tickets for the limited engagement of The Normal Heart are available only as part of A.C.T.’s 2012–13 season. To order a subscription, visit www.act-sf.org/subscribe or call (415) 749-2250.

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As previously reported, the national tour of the 2011 Tony Award-winning production of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart — presented by special arrangement with Daryl Roth, and directed by George C. Wolfe — will launch in June at Arena Stage.

Patrick Breen, who played Mickey Marcus in the Broadway production, will head the cast as AIDS activist Ned Weeks, the role played on Broadway by Tony winner Joe Mantello. "Brothers and Sisters" star Luke MacFarlane, who played Craig Donner/Grady on Broadway, will be Felix Turner, and How to Succeed's  Christopher J. Hanke will play the role of Tommy Boatwright. The cast will also feature 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, Christopher 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.