Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present a reimagined production of David Drake's acclaimed solo show, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, on May 20 at the Gerard W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College. Drake, who won an Obie Award for his performance in the original 1990 production, will lead a multi-actor ensemble in the reading, which is to be directed by Tony Award nominee Robert La Fosse (Jerome Robbins' Broadway).
First performed at the Perry Street Theatre off-Broadway, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me is a series of vignettes inspired by Drake's experiences as a gay man at the height of the AIDS crisis. Joining author/performer Drake in the company are Tony Award winner B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly), Tony Award nominees Robin De Jesus (La Cage aux Folles), Andre de Shields (The Full Monty), and Rory O'Malley (The Book of Mormon), Claybourne Elder (Bonnie and Clyde), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Wesley Taylor (Smash), Brandon Cordieiro (Pearl), Donald C. Shorter, Jr. (La Cage aux Folles), Aaron Tone (BearCity 2), and Chad Ryan, who recently appeared in the show's Chicago premiere.
The evening will serve as a benefit for BC/EFA, a nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organization, and the Sero Project, which is working to end inappropriate criminal prosecutions of people with HIV. It is produced by the organizations' executive directors, Tom Viola and Sean Straub, who also produced the show's off-Broadway premiere in 1990.