Tony Kushner’s celebrated theatrical epic, Angels in America, directed by Sara-Ashley Bischoff ’09 and featuring Lovell Holder ’09 in the role of Prior Walter and Jordan Kisner ’09 as Harper Pitt. Millennium Approaches (Part One) and Perestroika (Part Two), the two halves of the famously massive Pulitzer Prize-winning play, written in part while Kushner was teaching playwriting at Princeton University, will be performed in rotating repertory at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street to combine for a six-hour theatrical experience.
Angels in America details the lives of Americans struggling to survive emotional and social upheaval in the waning days of 1980s New York. Focusing on the AIDS crisis, Kushner uses the health epidemic as a lens through which he explores both literal and figurative diseases which plague American culture — strict definitions of sexuality, race, religion, politics and family which threaten to destroy the body politic. Angels in America centers on two couples desperately trying to preserve their relationships as the world collapses around them. The production contains adult themes, strong language, sexual scenes and nudity; audience discretion is advised.