Arts

Rediscovering the American People: with Larry Kramer

May 4, 2015  • Aspen Institute Arts Program

Larry Kramer is an award-winning playwright and author, and a celebrated public-health and gay-rights advocate. He wrote the Academy Award–nominated screenplay adaptation of D. H. Lawrence’s “Women in Love” and rose to further prominence with the publication in 1978 of his bestselling novel, “Faggots.” A pioneering AIDS activist, he cofounded the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in 1982 and founded ACT UP in 1987.

Kramer has won numerous awards for his plays and in 2013 was named a Master American Dramatist by the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater. In 2014, the HBO adaptation of his play “The Normal Heart” won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. He spoke with Arts Program Director Damian Woetzel upon publication of the first volume of his decades-in-the-making book, “The American People,” and the release of an HBO documentary about his life.