Celebrating 15 years

The Normal Heart (2012)

THE NORMAL HEART

by Larry Kramer

Oct 19 – Nov 18, 2012
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

A MASTERWORK OF LOVE, RAGE AND PRIDE


Studio 180 was pleased to work in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre once again, to remount our acclaimed 2011 production.

The story of a society in denial between 1981 and 1984, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller, as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence.

A quarter-century after it was written, this outrageous, unflinching and totally unforgettable look at the beginning of the AIDS crisis remains one of the theatre’s most powerful evenings ever.

In 2011, Studio 180’s production premiered to rave reviews and popular acclaim, earning top-star ratings and being recognized as one of the best productions of the year by the GLOBE AND MAIL, TORONTO STAR, TORONTO SUN, NOW MAGAZINE and SLOTKIN LETTER/CIUT 89.5 FM. The 2012 run was met with similar enthusiasm, from audience members and critics alike.

Letter from Larry Kramer

THE NORMAL HEART was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING John Bourgeois, Mark Crawford, Martin Happer, Ryan Kelly, Mark McGrinder, Jeff Miller, Sarah Orenstein, Jonathan Seinen & Jonathan Wilson
SET & COSTUME DESIGN John Thompson
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
SOUND DESIGN Verne Good
STAGE MANAGER Robert Harding
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Sarah Bustard
APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER Suzanne McArthur
PRODUCTION MANAGER Adrien Whan
ASSOCIATE COSTUME DESIGNER/HEAD OF WARDROBE Michelle Bailey
INTERN DIRECTOR Daniel Bennett
APPRENTICE DIRECTOR Awoba Bob-Manuel


AAN! POSTER/virus campaignLobby Exhibit

Our lobby exhibit for The Normal Heart included safe sex poster campaigns from the 1980s to the 2000s provided by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), articles by HIV/AIDS activists Tim McCaskell and Alex McClelland, and other memorabilia. In 2012, the exhibit featured AIDS ACTION NOW!’s generously provided “POSTER/virus” campaign – a poster series created by local Toronto artists in honor of the Day With(out) Art 2011.


Panel Discussions

  • THE NORMAL HEART: Why Now?
    NOVEMBER 4, 2012
    Recently back from the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington D.C., HIV/AIDS researcher and activist Nicole Greenspan moderated a discussion about past and present responses to The Normal Heart and its relevance in the current social and political landscape. Read more…

Season Sponsor 2012/13


BMO Financial Group

2011 END-OF-YEAR REVIEWS

Studio 180’s 2011 production of THE NORMAL HEART was listed among the top productions of the year by,

NOW MAGAZINE (Top 10)
GLOBE AND MAIL (Top 11 of 2011)
TORONTO STAR (Theatrical Cheers)
TORONTO SUN (Top 10)
SLOTKIN LETTER/CIUT 89.5 FM (Top 10)


“More brilliant work from one of the most reliably interesting and challenging theatre companies in town.”

★★★★ (out of four) TORONTO STAR


“Outstanding!”

★★★★ (out of four) GLOBE AND MAIL


“Continues to anger, shock and move even three decades after its premiere.”

NNNNN NOW MAGAZINE


“Damn good theatre!”

★★★★★ TORONTO SUN


“Normal is Outstanding!”

★★★★★ STAGE DOOR


“An involving and passionate production.”

FAB MAGAZINE


“An intense theatrical experience not to be missed!”

POSITIVE LITE


“You must go and see it!”

MOONEY ON THEATRE


“Brilliant marriage between great theatre and great politics.”

★★★★½ TORONTOIST

“I wasn’t sure that I wanted to see another production of such a seminal play in the event that this production would prove less than my original experience… I took a chance. I bought tickets. I attended. I was not disappointed. This production was astonishingly well produced and acted and directed. I wish that it could be around forever. It needs to be seen. By everyone who cares about live theatre.”
HARRY T.

“It was one of the most raw and riveting pieces of theatre I have ever seen. Larry Kramer’s writing and the actors’ performances were so visceral that it felt as if I was holding my breath during the entire performance. Absolutely gut-wrenchingly incredible.”
FIORENTINO C.

“I am constantly inspired and impressed with the fabulous work that Studio 180 brings to Toronto audiences and this production was no exception. Congratulations on a truly moving piece of theatre and on 10 years of fantastic work!”
BRIAN G.

“The story is meaningful, emotional and touching, and speaks of things that are so important for my generation and those younger than me to learn, know and remember. The heart-wrenching authenticity of the performances brought both joy and sadness and I left with such a renewed thankfulness for those who’ve come before me. For those who fought for us, suffered for us and for all those who were lost. This production truly touched me and I am so grateful that I was able to see it.”
KEVIN W.