San Diego, CA – ion is proud to announce a revival of The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer with an opening night set for November 19, 2016 at ion’s BLKBOX theatre. Co-directed and produced by Executive Artistic Director Claudio Raygoza and Producing Artistic Director, Glenn Paris, the production features Raygoza as the Kramer-like Ned Weeks, Associate Artistic Director Kim Strassburger as Dr. Emma Brookner, Daren Scott in his ion debut as Ned’s brother, Ben, and Paris in multiple roles.
Partnering with San Diego-based service agencies and health providers such as Christie’s Place, Mama’s Kitchen, the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and the UCSD AntiViral Research Center/Lead the Way, ion has launched an initiative to position the production as a forum to heighten awareness and deepen education of HIV/AIDS. Partners will provide audiences with information on their services and lead post-show discussions at select performances.
Larry Kramer wrote this seminal play over 30 years ago, setting it in New York City at the very beginning of the HIV/AIDS crisis. It combines humor and love, as well as rage against widespread apathy in the government, media and health industries at a time when thousands were infected and dying from this ravaging illness. In the play, Kramer’s avatar – Ned Weeks – leads a small but courageous group of organizers that stepped up to face off against the silence many felt was tied to ongoing prejudice against the gay community as AIDS was originally considered just a ‘gay’ disease. First produced Off-Broadway in 1985, The Normal Heart has seen over 600 productions worldwide including the Tony-winning Broadway revival in 2011. An HBO movie in 2014 was honored with multiple Emmy awards and nominations.
The Normal Heart features returning ion artists Stewart Calhoun (Sunday in the Park with George), and Alexander Guzman (Lydia), and in their ion debuts: Fred Hunting, Michael Lundy and Joel Miller. The production team includes Claudio Raygoza (Scenic/Projections/Sound), Kevin Kornburger (Lighting, Stage Manager), ion member, Mary Summerday (Costumes), Isaac Fowler (Assistant Director), Melissa Hamilton (Properties) and Lisa Meyer (Assistant Scenic Designer).
What – The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer directed by Claudio Raygoza and Glenn Paris
When – Previews: November 12 at 4pm and 8pm, November 16 at 7pm, and November 17 and 18 at 8pm
Media Opening: Saturday, November 19, 4pm; Public Opening: November 19, 8pm. Runs November 19-December 17, 2016, Wed at 7pm, Thurs and Fri at 8pm, Sat at 4pm and 8pm. ***Please note that there will be no Wed-Fri performances the week of Thanksgiving, Nov 23-25 (but there will be a special Sunday performance on November 27th at 2pm.)***
Where – ion’s BLKBOX theater, 3704 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Tickets – Previews: $12; Public Opening - Saturday, Sept 24 at 8pm (Catered party with cast & crew afterward) $45; All other: General: $32; Senior (60+): $26; Military/AASD/AEA: $20; Student: $14 (ID for discount groups required.) Online: www.iontheatre.com or (619) 600-5020.