Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart will soon be immortalized by film
If you consider yourself to be a theatre lover and you haven't at least head of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart by now, I'd suggest you read it immediately. The play combines Kramer's passions for tense dialogue and AIDs activism, two things which he storm-troops through until you are inevitably in tears by the end of the play. If that doesn't sound like fun to you, you aren't a theatre lover. I suggest you read it.
I came across the show in Toronto years ago when it was mounted at Buddies in Bad Times but the piece has been put up across the world over and over and over again. The show's honesty and deceptive confusion keeps empathy easily at bay. The play takes place between 1981-1984 wherein the protagonist is sick with an unknown illness. Of course, watching the play now, the irony is tragic, and the house weeps. The Normal Heart might be one of the most interesting contributions to American Theatre in the twentieth century.
Kramer has also become known to write with at least a slight amount of shock value. His debut novel Faggots chronicles the lives of a group of gay men in New York. Modeled after his own life, the book is quite detailed. The power behind his words, however, still comes from his bravery as a writer. Continuing courageously and politically, Kramer has written a host of other works including Just Say No, A Play About a Farce (1988) andThe Destiny of Me (1992). He is an adamant activist against AIDs and for gay rights. He is an icon, a genius and a poet.
I'm writing about Kramer today because I just read about the upcoming film adaptation of The Normal Heart. Now that its jumping onto film, luckily we'll all be able to weep whenever we please. Grab a copy today. This is a classic.
Thank you Larry Kramer for continuing to motivate artists to write bravely about what we're afraid of.