Larry Kramer is set to be the subject of an HBO documentary that will coincide with the debut of the HBO adaptation of his play The Normal Heart. Directed by Jean Carlomusto, the documentary will be an intimate look at the life and work of the acclaimed playwright, novelist and essayist, spotlighting his work as an iconic LGBT rights activist and co-founder of ACT UP, an advocacy group working to improve the lives of people with AIDS.
Kramer’s other plays include Sissies’ Scrapbook, Just Say No, The Destiny of Me and A Minor Dark Age. His TV and film credits include the Academy Award-nominated film Women in Love. Kramer's non-fiction works include Faggots, Reports from the Holocaust: The Story of an AIDS Activist and The Tragedy of Today’s Gays.
The Normal Heart debuted at the Public Theater on April 21, 1985, starring the late Brad Davis as Ned. It was revived at the Public in April 2004, with Raul Esparza as Ned. The show's Broadway premiere, starring Joe Mantello, John Benjamin Hickey and Ellen Barkin, opened on April 27, 2011, and won three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play. HBO’s The Normal Heart, directed by Glee's Ryan Murphy and written by Kramer, will premiere in May. The cast includes Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Joe Mantello, Denis O’Hare, B.D. Wong and Joel Grey.