The following texts are lifted from my article written for BroadwayWorld.com Philippines.
Actor-Director Bart Guingona talks about ‘The Normal Heart’
Manila, Philippines–The restaging of THE NORMAL HEART, produced by Actor’s Actors Inc./The Necessary Theatre, closes today at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza in Makati City.
BroadwayWorld.com recently sat down with Bart Guingona, the play’s director and one of its lead actors who plays Ned Weeks, an activist in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The character of Weeks actually acts as the alter ego of Larry Kramer, the play’s author.
Guingona’s Ned Weeks
In last year’s TV film adaptation of THE NORMAL HEART, directed by Ryan Murphy, American actor Mark Ruffalo played the role of Weeks.
About his version of Weeks, Guingona said, “We have very different temperaments. Plus we are working in different mediums. I’ve been told I’m more volatile and abrasive while he is a more vulnerable, more humane Ned Weeks.”
He added that as Weeks, “it entails special challenges.”
“I found particularly difficult about playing Ned Weeks was having to surface the very character traits I hate in myself–verbosity, pedantry, opinionated-ness. I pity all the people who have to deal with me offstage. I must be insufferable.”
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