Originally premiered Off-Broadway in 1985, TimeLine’s production is the first Chicago staging of this landmark play that “blasts you like an open, overstoked furnace” (The New York Times) since its Tony-Award winning Broadway production in 2011. Set at the height of the public and private indifference to the AIDS plague in the early 1980s, this searing drama will feature acclaimed actor/director David Cromer in his return to the Chicago stage as a passionate activist leading the fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Along the way he, and the community he leads into the battle, must face the deeply held fears that led so many to remain silent for too long.
“A couple of years ago I made the mistake of presuming that The Normal Heart is a dated play. But then I read it. I was completely knocked out by its political vibrancy and call to action. Larry Kramer has crafted one of the great historical dramas of the 20th Century, brimming with heart, courage and humor. He aims a piercing lens at a pivotal era. Nearly 30 years later, the play retains its potency. It has evolved into a searing reminder of how history is shaped by the action—or inaction—of people like you and me.”
— PJ Powers, TimeLine Artistic Director