Legendary playwright Larry Kramer has already made theater history with his classic Tony-winning play The Normal Heart, which tackled the AIDS crisis’ horrific toll on the LGBTQ community. In a recent New York Times profile, Kramer revealed he is now writing a new play about the current coronavirus pandemic.
The work is titled An Army of Lovers Must Not Die, but the playwright confessed to The Times that he has had to change the play “almost daily as the news changes.”
“I wonder if it will ever be done now,” he added.
The play is “about gay people having to live through three plagues,” Kramer said, explaining that the three plagues are HIV/AIDS, COVID-19, and “the decline of the human body.”
Comparisons—as inaccurate as they might be—are still being made between the AIDS crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, with Kramer noting that “the government has been awful in both cases. They were terrible with AIDS and they’re terrible with this thing. One wonders what will become of us.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become a familiar face on TV amid the nonstop COVID-19 coverage. Kramer and Fauci have actually known each other since the ’80s, when Kramer blamed him for the government’s slow response to the AIDS crisis.
Fauci was eventually able to get Kramer into an experimental drug trial, and the two are now “friends again.”
“I’m feeling sorry for how he’s being treated,” Kramer said. “I emailed him this, but his one line answer was, ’Hunker down.'”