Public Invited to JJC Production of ‘The Normal Heart’ Oct. 2-5

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department will present “The Normal Heart,” directed by JJC Fine Arts professor Clay Kirkland, on Oct. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre located on the first floor of the K-Building at the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

An additional performance on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. will be a fundraiser for the local AIDS charity, Regional Care. All proceeds from this show will be donated to Regional Care.

“The Normal Heart” is a groundbreaking story about the AIDS crisis in 1985 that demonstrates the panic, denial, anger, and hopelessness of the earliest victims of the then unnamed illness, revealing the devastating lack of response from the government and other cultural institutions. The Royal National Theatre named this largely biographical play, written by Larry Kramer, as one of the 100 greatest plays of the 20th century. Earlier this year the HBO adaption of “The Normal Heart” won an Emmy for “Best TV Movie,” and was nominated for several other awards.

The cast includes: Austen Koenig of Plainfield as Craig; Paul Zavala of Joliet as Mickey; Juan Munoz of Coal City as Ned; Austin Cummings of Wilmington as David/Hiram; Autumn Frykholm of Joliet as Emma; Miguel Garcia of Joliet as Bruce; Bobby Smith of Shorewood as Felix; Michael Vella of Joliet as Ben; Carlos Shoemaker of Coal City as Tommy; and Jonathan Evans-O’Brien of Bolingbrook as Grady.

Ticket prices are $8 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Those who attend the show promoting the Regional Care fundraiser will pay $20 for tickets.

To purchase tickets for any show, call the box office at 815-280-2200.

For more information about the JJC Fine Arts Department, visit or call 815-280-2223.

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