Larry Kramer, the playwright and advocate against AIDS, has mixed feelings about the release this month of a recording of his 1985 play about the AIDS epidemic, "The Normal Heart," on compact disk.
"You're always worried that what you've done is dated," Kramer said. "Unfortunately, I could have written this yesterday for all the progress we've made on AIDS."The two-hour, two-CD set was recorded at a benefit reading in April 1993 and features Eric Bogosian, Stockard Channing, Harry Hamlin, Kevin Bacon and John Turturro.
The actors' and author's royalties from the CD, which is being produced by Simon & Schuster Audio, will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Treatment and Data Committee of Act Up.
Kramer is adapting the play for a film version, which Barbra Streisand is planning to direct and star in this fall.
"Barbra's going to play the part based on Linda Laubenstein, the first great doctor on the front lines of seeing AIDS patients in New York," Kramer said. "It's a great part for her."
But he thinks he knows an even better part for Streisand. "Barbra also bought the rights to my play `The Destiny of Me,' and I'm just thrilled at the notion that she may also play my mother," he said. "That would be the culmination of a lifetime."