Mark your calendars: The film adaptation of the Tony award-winning play is set to air May 25. Written by Larry Kramer and set in New York City at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, the play originally debuted off-Broadway in 1985.
HBO’s star-studded cast will include Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Taylor Kitsch, Joe Montello & more. Kramer wrote the screenplay for the movie himself and Ryan Murphy directed.
Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart returns to Chicago for the first time since its Tony Award-winning Broadway revival in 2011.
For younger audiences who never knew the dark, deadly days of the early epidemic, the play relives the fear and panic of the early 1980s in urban America. To expose young viewers to this era—and the grassroots activism it galvanize—seemed to me its greatest virtue.
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Lost Worlds: Two Gorgeous Art Books Revisit a Pre-AIDS Fire Island
Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction, with text by Christopher Bascom Rawlins, captures many of the 78 modernist homes—mostly cedar-and-glass beach houses—Gifford designed before 1981.
Tom Bianchi: Fire Island Pines shows an intimate glimpse of some of the people who inhabited these spaces in a collection of the Bianchi’s Polaroids from 1975 to 1983.
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"Complaints about mail-order pharmacies aren’t new, but they are under greater scrutiny recently because health plans increasingly are mandating them for members with serious health conditions, rather than offering them as an option."
A Very Enduring Kiss
Twenty-one years after David Drake’s The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me gave voice to an era’s anger and passion, the blond, blue-eyed showman is still living with moxie.
On May 20 in New York City, the show will have a one-night, multi-actor revival to benefit Broadway Cares and The Sero Project, POZ founder Sean Strub’s campaign to turn back HIV criminalization laws throughout the United States. POZ talked with Drake, who’ll turn 50 in June, about the sudden fame he found with the show, the shame he felt around his own HIV infection in 1998, and how he has reclaimed his young, carefree spirit through a breezy new drag persona named Tawny.
Specialty Pharmacies Unscripted
by Larry Kramer
The founder of ACT UP fights back after being told he couldn’t use his pharmacy of choice.
On November 19, I received a curt letter from Empire BlueCross BlueShield, which has insured me since I worked as a trainee at Columbia Pictures in 1958 or so.
“Our records show that you are getting the medicines(s) listed below from a retail pharmacy. It is important to note that beginning 01/01/2013, your medicine must be filled through our specialty pharmacy, CuraScript … If you stay with your retail pharmacy, the medicine won’t be covered.”
Enclosed was a list of most of my anti-HIV and hepatitis B drugs that I am taking. It is a complicated list. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of complicated illnesses. My pharmacist at Bigelow knows me and my list and my doctors well. I rushed over to show the letter to Bruce, who shook his head sadly. “It’s happening all over the place.” Bigelow is the oldest apothecary in America. I asked him, “But why are you being punished, instead of the greedy drug companies? Why am I being punished?” OK, we’ve been here before.
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Amazing how he fails to mention his own shameful role in this film, or this history.
Larry Kramer added a comment : “What is this evil man up to as he approaches his death? Is he trying to make up to us? National Medals of Freedom from the White House! Would these provide a big enough enema to clean out his rotten insides? …”
Reading about Larry Kramer in this months Attitude magazine has spurred me on to do a bit of research into the man himself. He is quite an interesting character and the article touches a little on how he thinks the younger gay generation appear to have turned their back on gay history and how their modern rights and health have been shaped by past events.
Larry Kramer is indeed a controversial / interesting / pioneering figure in the Gay rights and HIV/AIDs advocacy movements. Click here to watch our video interview with Kramer.
The Normal Heart Racks Up Tony Nominations
The Broadway revival of The Normal Heart, Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical 1985 play about the rise of AIDS in mid-’80s New York, has garnered five Tony nominations, according to the American Theater Wing (the organization that awards Tonys). Click here to find who’s in the running.