Larry Kramer Contemplating Companion Play to The Normal Heart

News   Larry Kramer Contemplating Companion Play to The Normal Heart
Larry Kramer, who recently saw his AIDS play The Normal Heart open on Broadway to positive reviews and several Tony Award nominations, told Playbill that he may in the future write a new play featuring Ned Weeks, the central figure in his 1985 work.

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"I wouldn't mind a third play that would make it a trilogy, about what happens to Ned after that," he said, during an interview for an article that will appear in the June issue of Playbill. Ned Weeks is also featured, as a boy, in Kramer's autobiographical 1992 play The Destiny of Me.

The new play, if written, would examine Weeks' life in the years after those depicted in The Normal Heart. It would dramatize, "the wonderful love affair I have with my partner," said Kramer, "who would throw a pie in my face if I said that. 'You're not going to write about us!'"

For many years, Kramer, unhappy with the lack of productions for The Destiny of Me, has vowed he would never write another play.

The current critically acclaimed Broadway production of The Normal Heart was nominated for five 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Revival, Best Actor (Joe Mantello), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Ellen Barkin), Best Featured Actor in a Play (John Benjamin Hickey) and Best Direction of a Play (Joel Grey & George C. Wolfe).

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