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Angels In America

Poster for Angels In America student production

By Tony Kushner

October 30 - November 2, 2008

Directed by Steve Shade
Set Design by Snezana Petrovic
Costume Design by Deborah Bradford
Lighting Design by Trevor Norton

Tony Kushner's Angels in America is that rare entity: a work for the stage that is profoundly moving yet very funny, highly theatrical yet steeped in traditional literary values, and most of all deeply American in its attitudes and political concerns.

In two full-length plays--Millennium Approaches and Perestroika--Kushner tells the story of a handful of people trying to make sense of the world. Prior is a man living with AIDS whose lover Louis has left him and become involved with Joe, an ex-Mormon and political conservative whose wife, Harper, is slowly having a nervous breakdown. These stories are contrasted with that of Roy Cohn (a fictional re-creation of the infamous American conservative ideologue who died of AIDS in 1986) and his attempts to remain in the closet while trying to find some sort of personal salvation in his beliefs.

A fully-realized production of the first part of the award-winning play, ANGELS IN AMERICA: Millennium Approaches, directed by Steve Shade, ran Thursday, Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

An ANGELS IN AMERICA: Perestroika reading directed by Dr. Victoria Lewis was held on Nov. 3 in the Glenn Wallichs Theatre. Cast Production Team

Cast:

 Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz  Keith Wolgemuth
 Roy M. Cohn  Brandon Lambert
 Joseph Porter Pitt  Sam Boutelle
 Harper Amaty Pitt  Robyn O'Dell
 Mr. Lies  Manny Heredia
 Louis Ironson  Nicholas K. Zaharopoulos
 Prior Walter  Bretton Serrell
 Henry  Keith Wolgemuth
 Emily  Marie Anello
 The Man in the Park  Dan Stong
 Martin Heller  Dan Stong
 Hannah Porter Pitt  Lynn Berkeley Krantz
 Sister Ella Chapter  Yvette Magallon
 Belize  Nicolas K. Daily
 Prior 1  Dan Stong
 Prior 2  Keith Wolgemuth
 The Womean in the South Bronx  Yvette Magallon
 Ethel Rosenberg  Marie Anello
 The Angel  Nicolas K. Daily
 The Voice  Yvette Magallon, Marie Anello, Lynn Krantz, Manny Heredia

Production Team:

 Stage Manager  Liz McGavock
 Assistant Director  Christopher Suzuki
 Assistant Stage Manager  Lisa Wiborg
Assistant Set Designer,
Graphic Design/Projection Design
 Haley Keim
Choreographer for Opening Sequence   Robyn O'Dell
 Sound Design Steve Shade
Dan Cork
 House Manager Sam Kolendowicz 
 Light Board Operator  Jeffrey Groff
 Sound Board Operator  James Borsky


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