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McHenry County College to Present "The Normal Heart" Spring Play

[Monday, February 13, 2017]


Dr. Emma Brookner (Monica Hauschild) explains her diagnosis to Felix Turner (Robert Morvay), Ned Weeks (Jake Seeyle) and Ben Weeks (Gary Mackowiak) in McHenry County College's production of "The Normal Heart." The play opens at 7:30 p.m. March 9 and runs March 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25 in the Black Box Theatre.

The Black Box Theatre at McHenry County College will present as part of its 50th anniversary season, “The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer. This Tony Award winning play originally presented in 1985 is a searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis.

Produced to acclaim in New York, London and Los Angeles, “The Normal Heart” follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease (Samuel French).

“The Normal Heart” is directed by Jay Geller of Kildeer with set design by Thomas Kelsing of Glenview, lighting design by Rick Amundsen of Woodstock, costume design by Susan Cowell of Harvard and stage manager Kathryn McCord of Crystal Lake. The cast features Sean Plotts of Wonder Lake, Jake Seeyle of Harvard, Monica Hauschild of McHenry, Alan Williams, Jacob Villec, Gary Mackowiak and Robert Morvay, all of Crystal Lake; Anthony Rodriguez and Josh Archambeau, both of Lake in the Hills.

“The Normal Heart” opens March 9 and continues March 10-11, 16-18, 23-25 with all performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in Building E, off parking lot C. The college is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake.

Tickets are $10 for students, MCC employees, seniors and alumni and $15 for general public. This play contains adult language and subject matter. For reservations, call (815) 455-8746 or email



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