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Larry Kramer


Writers: Playwrights

Larry Kramer is an author, activist and playwright who famously gave voice to the outrage and grief that inspired a generation of gay men and lesbians to fight for their lives. He co-founded Gay Men’s Health Crisis and ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), his calls for direct action protest making AIDS a national issue and forever changing public health policy.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Larry grew up in Washington D.C, lived in London for ten years, and now lives in New York City. A graduate of Yale, he has recently been awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. His most famous play THE NORMAL HEART (1985) won three Tony Awards and two nominations on Broadway, and has had some 600 productions all over the world. His HBO film adaptation of the play won an Emmy in 2014. His companion play THE DESTINY OF ME premiered in New York City in 1993 to great critical acclaim. He also helped to write and produce the film HERE WE GO ROUND THE MULBERRY BUSH before producing and writing the screenplay adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s WOMEN IN LOVE, which was nominated for an Academy Award. His long novel entitled THE AMERICAN PEOPLE was published in 2015.

 Larry’s novel FAGGOTS has been in print continuously since its publication in 1978 and has become one of the best-selling novels of all time about gay life. In 2015, HBO released a documentary about Larry’s political activism called LARRY KRAMER: IN LOVE AND ANGER, which was officially selected for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.


“The blood that's coursing through THE NORMAL HEART, the new play by Larry Kramer at the Public Theater, is boiling hot. In this fiercely polemical drama about the private and public fallout of the AIDS epidemic, the playwright starts off angry, soon gets furious and then skyrockets into sheer rage.” (New York Times)

 “More than any of the attempts to use the theater as a way to understand the explosive world we live in, this new-old play proves that political theater is alive and well.” (CurtainUp)



“This shattering drama of family relations and recriminations matches the emotional extremities of Eugene O'Neill's Long Days Journey into Night and Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman.... His tragi-comedy, much admired in New York, but shamefully rejected by leading theatres over here" (Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard)

 “A big play performed with great attack in a tiny space. A remaking of the great American play in the light of AIDS. The drama of generational guilt - the drama of Eugene O'Neill, Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller - in which anger and a sense of being cheated rumbles down the ages, is reinevented." (Susannah Clapp, The Observer)

"Larry Kramer's greatest play." The Telegraph