The Normal Heart
Producing credits include the Off-Broadway premieres of Umbrella by L. Pontius, Harvest by David Wright Crawford and The Vietnamization of New Jersey by Christopher Durang; Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer, and Zayd Dohrn’s Haymarket, Permanent Whole Life (Alchemy Theatre Company @ The New York International Fringe Festival), and Shameless (Red Friday Productions in Boston). Directorial work for Alchemy includes The Vietnamization of New Jersey, Haymarket, Speed-the-Plow, The Normal Heart, and Ned Campbell’s Ollie Utz is Free; New York: the premiere of PeopleSpeak by John Augustine at 59E59 Theaters (Summer Shorts Festival 2); Boston: Shameless, Martin Jones’ Old Soldiers at Theatre Cooperative; the premieres of Henry Kimmel’s Tainted Window and Paul Mohrbacher’s Samarkand for The Atlantis Playmaker’s Festival; John Patrick Shanley’s Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, James Christy’s Creep, and Jean Genet’s The Maids at Actor’s Workshop. Additional directing credits include Samuel Beckett’s Catastrophe, Play, Act Without Words I and Act Without Words II at the Moscow Art Theatre School; Heiner Muller’s Hamletmachine, Elizabeth Egloff’s The Swan, and Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 at American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Assistant Director (while playing the role of “Gavrila”) on Yuri Yeremin’s production of Chekhov’s Ivanov, starring Debra Winger and Arliss Howard, and on the world premiere of Adam Rapp’s Nocturne, directed by Marcus Stern, at American Repertory Theatre. He has taught at Boston’s Actors Workshop. Member SSDC.
Kevin P. McAnarney (Press Representative for The Normal Heart) has a varied background in public relations, casting and management. Kevin has handled major concerts on Broadway; international dance attractions and special events at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY State Theater, Carnegie Hall and others including two Katharine Hepburn tributes as well as the first NYC Academy Awards benefit. He did national press for Cirque du Soleil for four years and helped to open Mystere, in Las Vegas; tours of the Bolshoi Ballet, Red Army Song and Dance Ensemble to only name a few. For six years, he represented the Drama Desk Awards. He was honored to be the B’way press rep for Love! Valour! Compassion! (the first show ever to win the 5 top New York Theatre Awards in one season including the Tony, Outer Critics Circle, New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Obie Awards). KPM Associates (Grant Lindsey, associate) was the Broadway press agent for Dame Edna: The Royal Tour; Some other NYC clients include: A R Gurney’s Sylvia; Children’s Defense League; Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Alisa Alonzo); Theater Hall of Fame, Julio Bocca and Ballet Argentino, National Dance Week; Madrid’s Ballet Ullate; the musical john and jen; Moiseyev Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre, Les Ballets Grandiva; and Moisés Kaufman and the award-winning hits Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project. They continue to represent Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Career Transitions for Dancers and others. Mr. McAnarney managed a 13-city tour of the musical Camelot starring Rock Hudson; Cape Cod Melody Tent and Beacon Theatre. He was also a union treasurer and box office manager. Kevin was a member of the organizing of Broadway Cares and helped write the mission statement; an organizing member of B’WAY (Better Wellness And You), the Wellness Committee for the theatre industry. He is serving his tenth term on the Board of Governors of ATPAM.
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association
at Center Stage, NY
“[a] Spartan, moving revival… a stark, emotional honesty that lingers in the mind… it would be easy to miss the more refined points of ‘The Normal Heart.’ Mr. Saxner doesn’t. He is less interested in the office and sexual politics that thread the play than in the people the issues consume… Mr. Kramer and Mr. Saxner force us to empathize with their flawed hero, whose redeeming quality is that at least in seeing the dimensions of the impending disaster, he happened to be right… a welcome revisiting of the work by Mr. Kramer… it is difficult not to feel a kinship with all of his characters.”
— New York Times
“I was not prepared for the raw emotional power of the piece. This play cannot be performed too much. A very strong production… the play is so commanding… direction was smooth and seamless… performances so charged and focused that it is hard to believe they are acting.”
“A powerful piece of political theatre… [the] current revival by the Alchemy Theatre group packs a punch. A dynamic, muscular production…”
“Kudos to the Alchemy Theatre Company… This is Kramer at his best”
“Mr. Kramer’s voice through his play needs to be heard more than ever before. This play will shake you out of your seat, make you uncomfortable and challenge you. Strong direction… marvelous cast… some of the most impassioned and real performances.”