Patrick Breen
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Patrick Breen
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Arena Stage is set to host a benefit performance of The Normal Heart at the Mead Center for American Theater on Monday, July 23 beginning at 6:30pm. The event, presented with the Washington AIDS Partnership, will coincide with AIDS 2012, the biennial International AIDS Conference in D.C. July 22-27.

The Normal Heart is the story of a city in denial and unfolds like a real-life political thriller as a tight-knit group of friends refuses to let doctors, politicians, and the press bury the truth of an unspoken epidemic. The evening will include a pre-performance VIP cocktail hour, intermission champagne toast, and a festive after party following the performance.

As previously reported, The Normal Heart will star Patrick Breen as Ned Weeks, with Luke MacFarlane as Felix Turner, Patricia Wettig as Emma Brookner, Christopher J. Hanke as Tommy Boatwright, Tom Berklund as Craig Donner/Grady, Michael Berresse as Mickey Marcus, Christopher Dinolfo as David, Jon Levenson as Hiram Keebler/Examining Doctor, Nick Mennell as Bruce Niles and John Procaccino as Ben Weeks.

Fundraising from the event will equally benefit Washington AIDS Partnership and Arena Stage.

For more information and tickets to The Normal Heart, click here.