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Playwright Uses Life for Work


Associated Press (10/04/88)

Playwright Larry Kramer has been fighting the AIDS epidemic for eight years, fueled by the memory of the hundreds of people he knew who died of AIDS. Kramer co-founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis and later formed the protest group ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). The New York Shakespeare Festival Festival produced his play "The Normal Heart" in 1985. It starred Brad Davis as a gay activist. Critics have described the play as a defiant shout against bureAUcratic and personal inaction in the face of AIDS. Kramer's new play, "Just Say No," deals only peripherally with the disease, but once again attempts to bring shocking conditions to the public's attention. The setting for the play is Georgetown, the capital of a country called New Columbia. The characters include Mrs. Potentate and her ballet dancer son.


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