Award-winning playwright and author Larry Kramer will give a talk and sign copies of his new book, The American People, October 28, 2015

Award-winning playwright and author Larry Kramer will speak at Vassar College on Wednesday, October 28, 5:30pm, in the Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. “An Evening with Larry Kramer” will feature a talk by the author, a period of questions-and answers with the audience, and a book signing. This event is free and open to the public with general seating; no reservations are necessary.

Kramer wrote the Academy Award-nominated screenplay adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love and rose to further prominence with his bestselling novel, Faggots. His groundbreaking play about the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart, won the 2011 Tony Award for best revival of a play. Additionally, the HBO adaptation of the play won the Emmy Award for outstanding television movie in 2014. Among his numerous honors, Kramer was named a Master American Dramatist by the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

In addition to being acclaimed for his writing, Kramer is also a celebrated public health and gay rights advocate. A pioneering AIDS activist, he co founded the Gay Men's Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) in 1987.

His most recent work is the satiric novel, The American People: Volume 1, Search for My Heart, which was published this year. The book is a fictionalized history featuring, among other things, a religious sect conspiring with eugenicists, McCarthyites, and Ivy Leaguers to exterminate homosexuals. The Washington Post called The American People, “Immense, sprawling, subversive . . . A protracted display of pyrotechnic virtuosity.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the talk and Kramer will sign books.

This event is sponsored by the Drama Department, Campus Life LGBTQ Center, the Program in American Studies, the Office of Health Education and the Office of the President.

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, September 24, 2015