Circle Players premiered on March 1st “The Normal Heart,” written by Larry Kramer.
This largely autobiographical play focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of “Ned Weeks,” Jewish-American writer, gay activist, and founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.
Weeks favors loud public demonstrations to the quieter strategies favored by his associates, friends, and lover Felix Turner, who do not want to have the media spotlight thrown upon them. Their differences of opinion lead to frequent arguments that threaten to undermine their mutual goal.
In 2000, the Royal National Theatre named “The Normal Heart” one of the 100 greatest plays of the 20th century. In 2011, it won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Ed Faver of Roselle is director, and Fred Cuozzo of Green Brook is the producer.
In the cast are Brian Craig, Dunellen; FJ DeRobertis, Westwood; Faith Dowgin, Spotswood; John Dowgin, Spotswood; Wayne Harris, Freehold; Rick Holloway, New York City; Rudy Palma, South Amboy; Douglas Spaulding, Highland Park; and Michael Stratton, Union City.
The remaining show dates are March 8-17; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with one 3 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 17.
The theater is located at 416 Victoria Ave., Piscataway, New Jersey.
For reservations, call (732) 968-7555, or buy tickets online at www.circleplayers.com. ($1 per ticket discount online.) Tickets are $18 for adults and $17 for students and seniors. Sorry, no credit cards can be accepted at the theater box office, but may be used online.