Ryan Murphy, creator of such television shows as Glee, American Horror Story, and The New Normal, is hard at work on bringing the Tony-winning play The Normal Heart to the big screen. He told the Hollywood Reporter: 'It scares me because I came of age sexually in the early 1980s, and I lost so many friends, and so it means a lot to me. I really want young people to know what it used to be like and how that disease is still with us in a very deadly, horrible way.'
He continued: 'Larry and I have been working on this script for a year and a half, and every page has some sock to the stomach emotionally. There's a three-page scene in there that I can barely read, let alone direct, which is about what it's like to be a caregiver when somebody's dying and throwing up and having diarrhea in your arms.'
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The Normal Heart, which closed on Broadway on July 10, won three 2011 Tony® Awards, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Ellen Barkin) and Best Featured Actor in a Play (John Benjamin Hickey). The play was also honored as this season's Best Revival of a Play by the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards and has received Drama Desk Awards for Best Ensemble and Best Direction of a Play, along with a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle.
The story of a city in denial, The Normal Heart unfolds like a real-life political thriller -- as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic behind a wall of silence. First produced by Joseph Papp at New York's Public Theater, the play was a critical sensation and a seminal moment in theater history. So ahead of its time was this play that many of the core issues it addresses - including gay marriage, the healthcare system and, of course, AIDS - are just as relevant today as they were when it first premiered.