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Larry Kramer

LARRY KRAMER

  (1935 - 2020)

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd  

Laurence David Kramer was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on June 25th 1935; died 27 May 2020. He was educated in Yale. He spent most of the 1960s in London writing screenplays including "Women In Love" for Ken Russell. When he returned to the States he wrote the hugely successful novel "Faggots" (which was condemned by some gay activists because of its hedonistic portrayal of gay men). When the aIDS crisis broke Larry was in the forefront of campaigning to get something done. He formed the organisation Gay Mens Health Crisis. In the 1990s Kramer was diagnosed as being HIV+. He gave what was considered a shocking speech during the 2004 Presidential election in which he said that gay men were too involved with drugs and sex to bother about their rights and that the US government were using aIDS as a way of exterminating homosexuals. In 2001 Yale University accepted his political and literary papers and an endowment to establish a gay history course. He lives in New York with his partner David Webster

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below is a list of Larry Kramer's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Destiny Of Me, The         Four Friends         Just Say No         Minor Dark Age, A         Normal Heart, The         Reports From The Holocaust: The Making Of An AIDS Activist         Sissies' Scrapbook


Destiny Of Me, The

Destiny Of Me, The
AIDS, the medical establishment and memories of coming out

Notes:
sequel to the Normal Heart

1st Produced:
New York     1992

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Nick Hern Books, London, 1993   

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Four Friends

Synopsis:
a satirical look at gay sex lives

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-     1974

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   

Music:
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Genre:
Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Just Say No

Just Say No
Political satire on the Ronald Regan presidency - though here referred to as "Daddy" and the "Potentate".Foppy Schwartz lives in a large town house in "Georgetown" he has bedrooms named after Genet, Wilde and Cocteau. He is the centre of the social whirl of the Capital and is the confidant of the first lady - Mrs Potentate. Mrs Potentate has arranged a liaison at Foppy's home with a young man - but she has forgotten his name and what he looks like. Before she arrives, Trudi Tunick arrives wearing a leather bikini and a commissionaire's overcoat. She says that she is the mistress of Herman Harrod and that he had said that Foppy would let her take refuge because she has a video of an orgy that she and Herman arranged for some high officials from the White Palace and they hope to sell it for a fortune. the doorbell rings - Trudi thinks it might be the Secret Service after the video - so she hides in the Genet bedroom. However, it is Gilbert a young man that Foppy lusts after. Gilbert has left his lover, the Mayor of a large town and wants to hide in case the Mayor chases after him. Gilbert has hidden in Foppy's bedroom when the doorbell rings again - this time it is Junior the son of the Potentates who wants to be a ballet dancer and to come out. He is running away from his parents to live his own life. the Mayor turns up and Herman, the video tape is passed from one person to another and finally Mrs Potentate arrives for her liaison. Gilbert and Junior meet and fall in love - it looks like Herman dies whilst having sex with Trudy. after much running in and out of the bedrooms. Junior and his mother confront each other. He tells that he loves Gilbert and that they are going to live together and come out publicly. However, they have all underestimated Mrs Potentate who gets the compromising video, forces Junior into marriage and Gilbert into an institution for the insane.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Wpa Theatre New York City     1988

Organisations:
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1st Published:
St Martin's Press , 1989   

Music:
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Genre:
Play about Farce. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Minor Dark Age, A

Minor Dark Age, A
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Reading At Actors Centre, London     2002

Organisations:
Operating Theatre

1st Published:
Contained in: "Women In Love and Other Dramatic Writings" published by Grove Press 2003   

Music:
-

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Genre:
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Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Normal Heart, The

Normal Heart, The
epoch making polemic about the aIDS crisis.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Public Theater, New York     1985

Organisations:
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1st Published:
New American Library, New York, 1985   

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Reports From The Holocaust: The Making Of An AIDS Activist

Reports From The Holocaust: The Making Of An AIDS Activist
Gay men and the AIDS epidemic

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-     1989

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Penguin Books   

Music:
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Genre:
AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Sissies' Scrapbook

Sissies' Scrapbook
Four young men and their fathers

Notes:
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1st Produced:
-    

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in: "Women In Love and Other Dramatic Writings" published by Grove Press 2003   

Music:
-

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Genre:
Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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