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The Normal Heart - Full Length Play, Drama

The Normal Heart

Larry Kramer, Larry Kramer

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Full Length Play, Drama

8m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573619939

Winner! 2011 Tony® Award - Best Revival of a Play
Winner! 2011 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! 2011 Drama League Award - Distinguished Revival of a Play
Winner! 2011 Outer Critic's Circle Award - Outstanding Re…
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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Full Length Play


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1980s

Settings Of Play - The action of this play takes place between July 1981 and May 1984 in New York City. The office of Dr. Emma Brookner, Felix's desk at The New York Times, Ben's law office, Ned's apartment, Emma's apartment, a meeting room in City Hall, a medical examining room, Felix's hospital room, and other locations to be conveyed with a minimal but flexible set.


Cutting Approved for Competition, Scene work, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


Tony, From Broadway

Winner! 2011 Tony® Award - Best Revival of a Play
Winner! 2011 Drama Desk Award - Outstanding Revival of a Play
Winner! 2011 Drama League Award - Distinguished Revival of a Play
Winner! 2011 Outer Critic's Circle Award - Outstanding Revival
A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in New York, London and Los Angeles, The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease.

Originally published in 1985 and celebrated in a passionate and eloquent 2011 Broadway revival, this definitive edition of the play features an updated version of the play, as well as notes on both the original production and the revival.


"An angry, unremitting and gripping piece of political theatre." -New York Daily News

"Like the best social playwrights, Kramer produces a cross fire of life and death energies that illuminate the many issues and create a fierce and moving human drama."-Newsweek

"A spectacular and spectacularly moving revival." –The New York Observer

"If you see only one play this year, make it The Normal Heart!" –Backstage

"Run to The Normal Heart if you want to be reminded of how alive you are!" –The Village Voice

"Hits you like a jackhammer. A powerful example of theater at its most direct, passionate and urgent. Devastating." –AM New York

"Riveting theater!" – Newsday

"A stunning Broadway revival. This is essentially Ibsen for our times. The play's complexity is brought to pulse-pounding life! The entire company acts up a storm, and the production leaves you drenched. Raw, scary and galvanizing." –Time Out New York

"Scalding and poignant. It is a breathtaking achievement. Period." –Daily News

"The Normal Heart is breathing fire again! A great cathartic night at the theater!" –The New York Times

"One harrowing meltdown seems to incite another — a cascade of anguish as a terrifyingly unknowable killer bears down on a great metropolis… A theatergoer of any age or background can relate…You come to understand in the naked fury of The Normal Heart that the voices of history can, in fact, feel as if they are speaking directly to you" –The Washington Post


Looking Forward and Back: THE NORMAL HEART, A Story about Past, Present and Future 
by Ishanji Chatterji
April 27, 2016

LGBT Theater: A Samuel French Showcase
by Jack Smart
May 30 2013

The Normal Heart opened on April 21, 1985 at the Public Theater in New York City, New York; a New York Shakespeare Festival Production, it was produced by Joseph Papp. The performance was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg. The revival of The Normal Heart opened on Broadway in April 27, 2011 at the John Golden Theatre in New York City, New York; it was produced by Daryl Roth, Paul Boskind and Martian Entertainment; in association with Gregory Rae and Jayne Baron Sherman/Alexander Fraser. The performance was directed by Joel Grey and George C. Wolfe.


8m, 1f


Ensemble cast

Craig Donner
Mickey Marcus
Ned Weeks
Dr. Emma Brookner
Bruce Niles
Felix Turner
Ben Weeks
Tommy Boatwrighthiram Keebler
Examining Doctor

  • 2011 Broadway Revival Highlights

  • "Accept me as your healthy equal, your brother."

  • 2013 TimeLine Theatre Trailer, Chicago

Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer

Larry Kramer founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1981 with five friends, still one of the world’s largest provider of services to those with AIDS. In 1987, he founded ACT UP, the AIDS advocacy and protest organization, which has been responsible for the development and release of almost every life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS. He is the author of The Normal Heart, which was selected as one of the ... view full profile

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Joel Abels 6/25/2014 8:04 PM
Savannah Lea 6/23/2014 11:00 AM
This is, by far, my favorite script ever written. It is beautiful, truthful, and emotional. Through the ups and downs of the life of Ned Weeks, the reader (or observer) gets a true feel for the gay revolution and the terrors of the Gay community during the 1980s AIDS epidemic. I recommend this script for plays, or for recreational reading. However, I would not recommend it for a forensics piece. Their are way too many important parts to be cut down into a ten minute performance piece. But that is not a bad thing. The entire play carries a huge importance, a factual precursor, and even teaches the reader about the horrors of human nature because of their differences among each other,
Ronald Talbert 4/23/2014 3:16 AM
I recently saw a local Seattle production of this play which was worthy of a Broadway mounting.  Even though this play was produced off-Broadway in 1985 originally, with a Broadway revival in 2011, it is still as much pertinent today as it was then.

Too many people don't think that AIDS is a threat anymore.  They are deadly wrong.  There are way too many young people throwing caution to the wind and having unprotected sex resulting in the rise of AIDS cases.  This play reminds everyone how dangerous AIDS is and how irresponsible it is to have unprotected sex even today.

Next month, May, the Seattle Gay and Lesbian Book Club will be reading "The Normal Heart".  The first two Wednesday evenings will be devoted to reading the first and second acts; the third Wednesday, we'll be discussing the play; on May 25, we'll be watching the HBO movie; and the last Wednesday of the month, we'll be discussing the movie.

It should be an interesting process and I'm looking forward to it a great deal.  I think this is an important play for our time or for any time.

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