Bruce, played by Art Duncan, spars with Ned, played by Rick Dines, over the direction their advocacy organization should take. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader
Published in the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Oct. 16, 2014
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“The Normal Heart,” a play by Larry Kramer about civic inaction and activist push-back during the beginning of the HIV-AIDS crisis, was first staged in 1985 in New York. Southwest Missouri State University produced it in 1989, touching off intense controversy in Springfield. Springfield Contemporary Theatre presented it Oct. 17-Nov. 2, 2014, observing the 25th anniversary of the SMS staging.
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Craig Donner (left, played by Bruce Robinson) is comforted by Mickey Marcus (Darryl Kent Clark) after receiving an HIV-AIDS diagnosis, with Ned Weeks (right, played by Rick Dines). Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader
Craig (Bruce Robinson) is rushed in by his lover, Bruce Niles (Art Duncan), for urgent medical attention from Dr. Emma Brookner (Dawn McClain). Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader
An early meeting of a group founded to bring awareness to a mysterious new disease. From left: Rick Dines as Ned Weeks, Joshua Best as Tommy Boatwright, Art Duncan as Bruce Niles and Darryl Kent Clark as Mickey Marcus. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader
Felix (Philip R. Pulliam, Jr.) discusses his diagnosis with Dr. Emma Brookner, played by Dawn McClain. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader
Tempers cool off after a bitter exchange about advocacy tactics. From left: Ned, played by Rick Dines; Tommy Boatwright, played played by Joshua Best, and Mickey Marcus, played by Darryl Kent Clark. Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader
Ned (right, played by Rick Dines) comes to a breaking point faced with opposition from all sides, with Felix (played by Philip R. Pulliam, Jr.). Ed Peaco/For the News-Leader