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The Normal Heart

Rachel, Theatre Academy | Originally Published: 3/20/2018

Come and watch LACC Theatre Academy's first production of the New Year. A tale of the AIDS epidemic and its hidden world.

Normal Heart Preview from LACC Theatre Academy on Vimeo.

It began as a small virus only contracted by few and by the end of the 1980's had killed over 20,000 Americans, most of them gay citizens. In the beginning, there was no support. It was seen as a "gay disease" so there was no mass panic because everyone felt separated from it. But those who faced it head on saw their friends and lovers pass away one by one, the numbers increasing every month. Larry Kramer was at the head of this battle, fighting with his voice and power to get research and save his friends and himself. After recognition led to more discoveries and knowledge, Kramer wrote a play called The Normal Heart which showed through many scenes the devastation and livelihood of gay Americans in the 1980's. Above is a preview of the play, it opens today at 8PM at the Caminito and runs until next Saturday night.

Video Transcript:

Poster for The Normal Heart

[Title] Feb. 1, 1983, 1,025 AIDS cases were reported, and at least 394 had died in the United States
Speaker 1: Throughout our history we've faced discrimination left and right, but to be in the midst of this horrible plague and have no one listen. It's an honor to keep that legacy of these people who should not be forgotten, to keep their legacy going. It makes me so proud.
Speaker 2: We all, as a group, we all have different needs but we all want to pertain. We all want to go to the same goal which is, to save our own people and our own community. But also to spread awareness that it can happen to other people, but if someone turns a blind eye to a cuase like this then more people die.
Speaker 3: For so many years gay rights have fought for the right to be sexually free, and for suddenly something to come out of left field like this and nine tenths of the world doesn't even know about us.
Speaker 4: Including the gay community.
Speaker 3: Well we're doing our best, but yes including the gay community. And because it's such an incredible mystery you would think that every news paper in this country, like Sherlock Holmes, would be following this thing every single day saying "What is happening? New cases, new cases. Mystery. Mystery, what is causing it?"
We've done this out of need and desperation, and the only resaon we're doing it is because no one else was doing it. We don't feel we're doing anything because we're plugging up holes all the time. 
It's like being in a fox-hole, and you don't know who is going to get shot down next, who is going to be "it". You try not to think about it, you just know that your best friend has died. You just know that a person you had a love affair with is in Lennixville Hospital with PCP, which has an 805 mortality rate. And you have to do that for him, and for the people who have died or the people who are coming along and you have to do it in the face of a city that is not giving us any help.
[Title] President Ronald Reagan finally spoke on AIDS in 1987. By then 20,849 Americans had died.
Over 1 million people still die from AIDS every year.
learn about it's beginning with Larry Kramer's landmark play "The Normal Heart"

About The Author

Rachel is a Theatre Major and a member of the LACC Theatre Academy from the Bay Area. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue theatre and is currently in her second year.

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