The Normal Heart and the Destiny of Me

It has been produced and taught all over the world. Its companion play, The Destiny of Me is the stirring story of an AIDs activist forced to put his life in the hands of the very doctor he has been denouncing.

Author: Larry Kramer

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 1555846688

Category: Drama

Page: 292

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Two award-winning plays from the legendary activist and dramatist who has been called “one of the best writers of our times.” (Lambda Book Report) The Normal Heart, set during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, is the impassioned indictment of a society that allowed the plague to happen, a moving denunciation of the ignorance and fear that helped kill an entire generation. It has been produced and taught all over the world. Its companion play, The Destiny of Me is the stirring story of an AIDs activist forced to put his life in the hands of the very doctor he has been denouncing. The Normal Heart was selected as one of the 100 Greatest Plays of the Twentieth Century by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain The Destiny of Me was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a double Obie winner, and the recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play of the Year. Introduction by Tony Kushner. “Wired with anger, electric with rage. . . . Powerful stuff.” —The Boston Globe

The Destiny of Me

In the companion play to the acclaimed hit The Normal Heart, Kramer continues the story of Ned Weeks.

Author: Larry Kramer

Publisher: Plume Books

ISBN:

Category: Drama

Page: 122

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In the companion play to the acclaimed hit The Normal Heart, Kramer continues the story of Ned Weeks. Ten years later and now HIV+, Ned seeks to understand his life as a gay man and as a leader of the AIDS activist movement. Kramer is the founder of ACT-UP.

The Normal Heart National Theatre Edition

The Normal Heart traces the story of one man who, while his friends are dying around him, strives to break through a conspiracy of silence, indifference and hostility from public officials and the gay community, and gain recognition for a ...

Author: LARRY. KRAMER

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781839040351

Category:

Page: 112

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Larry Kramer's ground-breaking play about the 1980s AIDS crisis, published in a new edition alongside the major National Theatre revival in September 2021. Early 1980s New York. A new virus is infecting gay men across the city. As the rising death toll is ignored by government and the medical establishment, fear and confusion turns to rage and division. Using this anger, writer and activist Ned Weeks sets out to unite the community in their fight for recognition and right to survive.

Embodying Contagion

Normal Heart and The Destiny of Me', Theatre Symposium, 5 (1997), 125–40, 138. Wald, Contagious, pp. 4, 225, 230, 241. Alan Peterson and Deborah Lupton, The New Public Health: Health and Self in the Age of Risk (London: Sage, 1996), p.

Author: Sandra Becker

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 1786836920

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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From Outbreak to The Walking Dead, apocalyptic narratives of infection, contagion and global pandemic are an inescapable part of twenty-first-century popular culture. Yet these fears and fantasies are too virulent to be simply quarantined within fictional texts; vocabulary and metaphors from outbreak narratives have now infiltrated how news media, policymakers, and the general public view the real world and the people within it. In an age where fact and fiction seem increasingly difficult to separate, contagious bodies (and the discourses that contain them) continually blur established boundaries between real and unreal, legitimacy and frivolity, science and the supernatural. Where previous scholarly work has examined the spread of epidemic realities in horror fiction, the essays in this collection also consider how epidemic fantasies and fears influence reality. Bringing scholarship from cultural and media studies into conversation with scholarship from the medical humanities and social sciences, this collection aims to give readers a fuller picture of the viropolitics of contagious bodies in contemporary global culture.

Mainstream AIDS Theatre the Media and Gay Civil Rights

46 Kramer, The Normal Heart and the Destiny of Me, 113. 47 Bergman, “Larry Kramer and the Rhetoric of AIDS,” 179. 48 Bergman, “Larry Kramer and the Rhetoric of Aids,” 180. 49 John Clum, “Kramer vs. Kramer, Ben and Alexander: Larry ...

Author: Jacob Juntunen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317376501

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

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This book demonstrates the political potential of mainstream theatre in the US at the end of the twentieth century, tracing ideological change over time in the reception of US mainstream plays taking HIV/AIDS as their topic from 1985 to 2000. This is the first study to combine the topics of the politics of performance, LGBT theatre, and mainstream theatre’s political potential, a juxtaposition that shows how radical ideas become mainstream, that is, how the dominant ideology changes. Using materialist semiotics and extensive archival research, Juntunen delineates the cultural history of four pivotal productions from that period—Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart (1985), Tony Kushner’s Angels in America (1992), Jonathan Larson’s Rent (1996), and Moises Kaufman’s The Laramie Project (2000). Examining the connection between AIDS, mainstream theatre, and the media reveals key systems at work in ideological change over time during a deadly epidemic whose effects changed the nation forever. Employing media theory alongside nationalism studies and utilizing dozens of reviews for each case study, the volume demonstrates that reviews are valuable evidence of how a production was hailed by society’s ideological gatekeepers. Mixing this new use of reviews alongside textual analysis and material study—such as the theaters’ locations, architectures, merchandise, program notes, and advertising—creates an uncommonly rich description of these productions and their ideological effects. This book will be of interest to scholars and students of theatre, politics, media studies, queer theory, and US history, and to those with an interest in gay civil rights, one of the most successful social movements of the late twentieth century.

The Destiny of Me

Introduction I began arranging for the production of The Destiny of Me when I thought I was shortly going to die . It's a play I've been working ... I call The Destiny of Me a companion play to the one I wrote in 1985 , The Normal Heart ...

Author: Larry Kramer

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

ISBN: 9781854592804

Category: AIDS (Disease)

Page: 100

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The Normal Heart, set during the early years of the AIDS epidemic, is the impassioned indictment of a society that allowed the plague to happen, a moving denunciation of the ignorance and fear that helped kill an entire generation. It has been produced and taught all over the world. Its companion play, The Destiny of Me, is the stirring story of an AIDS activist forced to put his life in the hands of the very doctor he has been denouncing.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States 2 volumes

The Destiny of Me opened off-Broadway in 1992, earning an Obie and a spot on the short list for the Pulitzer. A sequel to The Normal Heart, The Destiny of Me continues the story of Ned, now sick and part of an experimental treatment ...

Author: Emmanuel S. Nelson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031334860X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 762

View: 460

In this two-volume work, hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries survey contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer American literature and its social contexts. • Hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries discuss authors, literary works, movements, genres, and social issues • An alphabetical list of entries offers a quick survey of the encyclopedia's contents • A guide to related topics quickly and conveniently directs readers to entries likely to interest them • Bibliographies for specific entries help students find sources of additional information on specialized topics • A selected, general bibliography directs students to the most helpful print and electronic resources on contemporary LGBTQ American literature

Representations of HIV and AIDS

In consequence the relative weighting of the agit - prop versus the naturalistic theatre elements changes from The Normal Heart to The Destiny of Me . In the introduction to the latter play Kramer states that he began the arrangements ...

Author: Gabriele Griffin

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719047114

Category: Medical

Page: 232

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Gabriele Griffin argues that the explosion of HIV/AIDS into highly visible cultural forms, from movies, theatre, activist interventions, and art from the late-1980s to the mid-1990s has been replaced by a retreat to artisitic invisibility.

We Will Be Citizens

“Performing Memory/Speech: Aesthetic Boundaries and 'The Other' in Ghetto and The Normal Heart.” Text and Performance Quarterly 12.4 (1992): ... In Two Plays: The Normal Heart and the Destiny of Me, vii–xxv. New York: Grove Press, 2000.

Author: James Fisher

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786452382

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 625

A dozen essays by a range of established scholars and performing artists address issues in post–1969 American gay and lesbian theatre and drama, the period after the raid at the Stonewall Inn helped spawn a “gay revolution.” The collection covers playwrights, millennial dramatists, and actors while exploring the history of gay-themed theatre and drama, the breadth of stage roles, and the dramatic representation of homosexual characters from various perspectives. These include the impact of AIDS, contemporary American politics, images of homophobia, gay-themed plays aimed at Theatre for Youth audiences, and other topics.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature I M

... to The Normal Heart , The Destiny of Me continues the story of The Normal Heart's Ned Weeks , now sick and trying to get into an experimental treatment program at the National Institutes of Health while once again dealing with his ...

Author: Nelson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313330629

Category: American literature

Page: 566

View: 721

Alphabetically arranged entries in five chronological volumes focus on individual authors, works, and topics related to multiethnic American literature.