The Normal Heart is Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking drama about public and private indifference to the onset of the AIDS crisis, and one man’s fight to awaken the world to its urgency. The title of the play is taken from a line in a poem by W.H. Auden: “We must love one another or die.”
“We have invited Rev. Bacon to talk about the important issues dramatized in the play, including gay rights, the continuing AIDS crisis, same-sex marriage equality and the importance of social activism,” says Fountain Co-Artistic Director and producer Stephen Sachs, who will moderate the discussion.
In 2000, The Normal Heart was named “one of the 100 greatest plays of the 20th century” by the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain. The Fountain Theatre’s exclusive L.A. revival, the first time the play has been seen in Los Angeles in over 16 years, has been receiving rave reviews (“Critic’ Pick” – BroadwayWorld, “Pick of the Week” – LA Weekly, “A Must See” – EDGE) and playing to sold out houses since it opened in September.
Ed Bacon is the rector of All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., a 4,000-member multi-ethnic urban Episcopal parish with a reputation for energetic worship, a radically inclusive spirit and a progressive peace and justice agenda. His energies focus on leadership in anxious times; peacemaking; interfaith relations; integrating family, faith and work systems; articulating the Christian faith in non-bigoted ways; and the belief that “political activism is in the DNA of the church.” He is a passionate advocate for peace and justice in the community, the nation and the world. He has received several honors for his peace and interfaith work. He is a founder of Beyond Inclusion and Claiming the Blessing (working for justice for the LGBT community) and a co-founder of the Abrahamic Faiths Peacemaking Initiative. He serves on Human Rights Watch California Committee South and on other national and community boards. Ed has been a guest on Oprah’s “Soul Series” on XM’s Oprah & Friends Radio and on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The discussion with Rev. Ed Bacon will follow the performance on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and is included in the ticket price. For reservations and information, call 323-663-1525 or go to www.FountainTheatre.com.