The Normal Heart The Normal Heart
Ad Astra
Ad Astra Theatre
3 Nov 2022 to 1 Dec 2022
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Tickets
Adult $60.00
Concession $40.00
Groups 7+ $50.00
MEAA $40.00

Duration - 2hrs


   
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Synopsis

“The Normal Heart was first presented on 21 April 1985 at the Public Theatre in New York City, New York, in a New York Shakespeare Festival Production, produced by Joseph Papp.”

Fierce, powerful and heart breaking. What is a pandemic like when it’s affecting a minority - it’s like being in a war when the rest of the world is at peace. Deafening silence from Government, the media and even your own brother…..

We look into the world through the eyes of Jewish American author, Ned Weeks, the gay founder of a prominent HIV advocacy committee. Ned is loud, confrontational and passionate about getting the message out about this disease while around him his friends are dying and the various government bodies are silent. He is faced with a hostile government even a hostile gay community.

Dr. Emma Brookner, a physician and survivor of polio, as a consequence of which she is using a wheelchair, is the most experienced with this strange new outbreak and bemoans the lack of medical knowledge on the illness, encouraging the abstinence of gay men for their own safety, since it is unknown yet even how the disease is spread.

Ned, a patient and friend of Brookner, calls upon his lawyer brother, Ben, to help fund his crisis organization; however, Ben's attitude toward his brother is to give merely passive support, ultimately exposing his apparent homophobia.

For the first time in his life, meanwhile, Ned falls in love, beginning a relationship with New York Times writer Felix Turner.

This play is passionate, witty, argumentative, heartbreaking, funny and so much more. It is over 30 years since it first hit the stages of the world to critical acclaim, 40 years since the start of the AIDS epidemic and nearly a year since the passing of playwright Larry Kramer. At a time when we have just seen the world come together, governments move mountains and love and compassion abound, this story speaks of a completely different response.

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