Larry Kramer Felt Dissed Despite Accepting Tony Award
By Jerry Portwood
At last night's Tony Awards, Larry Kramer accepted the Isabelle Stevenson Award, an award given to an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution on behalf of humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. You might not have seen his acceptance speech. As he told Michael Musto back stage:
“It was all fucked up,” fumed Kramer. “They kept shunting me around. I was supposed to be on in the first segment, but everybody spoke too long, so they kept putting me off. I had to go on during a commercial break. They promised me they’d show a clip on network, but I don’t think what they showed was very long.” Oh, well, at least Larry told me they stood for him in the theater. “You and Cicely Tyson,” I beamed. “Don’t say anything bitchy!”
In the clip of the speech we saw, he mentions that Sunday was also a special day because Ryan Murphy started shooting The Normal Heart movie "today, this morning in New York. At last." He went on to say: "Serious writers are rarely considered serious writers when they are also serious activists, particularly serious gay activists. So I thank you American Theatre Wing, seriously, for taking me seriously."
Watch the clip below: