When: Wed., Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Nov. 9, 2 & 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 10, 2 p.m. 2019
When The Normal Heart debuted at New York City’s Public Theater in 1985, it became the longest-running show in the venue’s history. The drama by playwright Larry Kramer struck a chord by addressing the AIDS crisis in America head-on, calling out individuals and institutions for their apathy toward the epidemic. The University of Vermont Department of Theatre presents the story of activist Ned Weeks — a character based on Kramer — as he fights to awaken the world to the seriousness of the disease. Representatives from Vermont Cares, a nonprofit working for Vermonters affected by HIV/AIDS, are on hand with information about their services. The organization’s executive director Peter Jacobsen participates in a talk-back following Thursday’s performance.