The Normal Heart
Emma Brookner, a handicapped doctor struggling to increase medical studies on the then unidentified HIV virus during the early years of the AIDS epidemic.
A popular movie star thanks to turns in films like Diner, Sea of Love and Ocean’s Thirteen, Barkin has appeared frequently onstage including off-Broadway’s Extremities. The Normal Heart marks her Broadway debut.
Other Honors for this Role:
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite Actress in a Play
—Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut
—Outer Critics Circle Special Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut
This is Barkin’s first Tony Award nomination.
As research for her role in Eddie and the Cruisers, Barkin worked backstage at David Letterman’s talk show for two weeks.
“I’m very proud to be a part of this play. I feel like [co-star Joe Mantello] is Atlas carrying the world on his back.”—Barkin in an interview with Broadway.com on 4/27/11