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Tony Kushner & Ryan Murphy Comment On Societal Impact Of THE NORMAL HEART

Tony Kushner & Ryan Murphy Comment On Societal Impact Of THE NORMAL HEARTPulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and acclaimed Emmy Award-winning director and writer Ryan Murphy discuss the impact of Larry Kramer's Tony Award-winning play THE NORMAL HEART as part of a new interview in promotion of the forthcoming HBO small screen adaptation premiering next month.

Describing the impact of the seminal drama, Kushner relates, "This play is comparable to Uncle Tom's Cabin."

Kushner elaborates, "It's one of the rare works of American art that had a direct political impact. And it's still relevant today for many, many reasons, including the silence still surrounding the WORLD pandemic of AIDS."

Furthermore, Murphy says of his own life and how the play pertained to his experiences as a gay man coming of age, "The project scared me because it meant so much to me. I came of sexual age in 1982, so that feeling of 'I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die' has never left me."

Murphy concludes, "I now realize that there was a lot of stuff I didn't deal with as a young man. Making it was a very cathartic experience, and I hope it is for people watching it."

As for how the HBO adaptation of the play is different from the original production and recent revival, Murphy reveals, "It's no longer as angry... It's not agitprop. It's stories about different kinds of love."

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Pat Cerasaro Pat Cerasaro is BroadwayWorld's Chief Interviewer and Senior Editor, contributing exclusive columns including InDepth InterViews, Sound Off, Flash Fridays as well as additional special features and extensive news coverage. His work for the site has appeared in The New York Times, US Weekly, The Biography Channel, NBC and more.