The laurel, named after the former prexy of Tony co-presenter American Theater Wing, recognizes a legiter who’s made significant contributions to humanitarian or charitable causes. Kramer scores the award for his long track record as a fierce advocate of gay rights and as founder of ACT UP and co-founder of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
The recent Broadway run of his best-known play — “The Normal Heart,” about the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City — scored the 2011 Tony for play revival. That Rialto spotlight on the title helped push forward the current movie adaptation helmed by Ryan Murphy and starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts. Project begins shooting in Gotham in June.
Kramer also will be the subject of an upcoming HBO doc slated for 2014.
The scribe’s other plays include “Sissies’ Scrapbook,” “The Destiny of Me” and “A Minor Dark Age,” and he wrote and produced the film version of “Women in Love.” He’s also penned non-fiction (“Reports from the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist”) and fiction (upcoming epic “The American People”).
Tony noms are due to be announced Tuesday, with winners in the competitive categories to be handed out during the June ceremony broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Musical Hall.