It has just been announced that Jeff Cohen, artistic director of the Worth Street Theater Company, is ceding direction of the company's revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart to David Esbjornson. The design team and the cast, which is headed by Raúl Esparza and Joanna Gleason, remain intact.

"I am very honored to have assembled this phenomenal cast and design team for The Normal Heart," Cohen is quoted in a press release. "During the course of rehearsal, however, it became apparent that a change would be in the best interest of the production, and I was happy that such a wonderful director as David Esbjornson was available to step into the process."

Esbjornson, who directed Kramer's Just Say No at the WPA Theater in 1988, stated: "I am thrilled to be working with Larry again and with this wonderful group of actors and designers on such an important play."

The Normal Heart is still scheduled to begin previews on April 6 at The Public Theater/Anspacher and to open officially on April 21.