The Normal Heart gets limited re-run at PETA

The show runs from June 3 to 5.

Normal Heart


( You probably know The Normal Heart as the 2014 HBO film starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts, but, it was originally an off-Broadway play produced in 1985 and then, finally, on Broadway in 1991. It premiered in Manila in July 2015 via The Necessary Theatre.


If you missed the initial run or even the movie, you're in luck! There'll be a limited performance from June 3 to 5 at the Philippine Educational Theater Association in Quezon City.


The Normal Heart is set in 1980s New York, a time when HIV-AIDS neither had a name, or a more precise diagnosis. At the center of the story is Ned Weeks, a Jewish-American writer and gay activist, who struggles to pull together an organization focused on raising awareness for this unidentified disease that seems to only hit gay men. While they're being relegated to the sidelines, his friends die one by one, enough to illicit pain and rage, not only from him but from the viewers.


It may be from another decade and a different part of the world, but HIV-AIDS in the Philippines is at the risk of becoming a full-blown issue because we don't talk enough about it. The Normal Heart aims to shake that.


Normal Heart



Bart Guingona, the director, plays the role of Ned Weeks. Sharing the stage with him are Topper Fabregas (Felix), Red Concepcion (Tommy), Nor Domingo (Mickey), TJ Trinidad (Bruce), Richard Cunanan (Ben), Roselyn Perez (Dr. Emma Brookner), and Jeff Flores (as "The city of New York").


The Normal Heart runs from June 3 to 5 at the Philippine Educational Theater Association, No. 5 Eymard Drive, New Manila, Quezon City. Tickets are priced at P1,577.05 (VIP), P1,314.21 (orchestra center), P1,013.82 (orchestra side), P1,314.21 (balcony center), and P633.64 (balcony side), available through TicketWorld.

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