William Jewell College Theatre presents Angels in America, Tony Kushner’s epic Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The play is presented in two parts. Part I: Millennium Approaches performances are April 16 and 22 at 7 p.m., and April 18 and 25 at 1 p.m. Part II: Perestroika performances are April 17, 18, 23, and 25 at 7 p.m. Performances are in Peters Theater on the college campus at 500 College Hill in Liberty, Mo. Tickets are $6 for Part I or $10 for both parts, with group and senior rates available. To reserve tickets or for more information about the production, call the William Jewell College Theatre Box Office at 816-415-7590, or emailwjctheatre AT william.jewell DOT edu. The play is recommended for mature audiences (language and sexual material).
Subtitled by playwright Kushner as “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” Angels in America was developed at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1990 and was performed at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco and the National Theatre of Great Britain before debuting on Broadway in 1993.
Dr. Kim Harris, director and professor of theatre, states: “Kushner’s masterpiece is remarkable in how it combines tragedy, comedy, absurdism, surrealism, realism and naturalism to reflect for us what life was like in the New York City gay community in the mid 1980s when AIDS was still considered by some to be the gay plague. Historical figures such as Roy Cohn and Ethel Rosenberg join two couples whose relationships are dissolving. And then there is the ‘Angel’ of the title—but that is reserved for those who see the play.”
Millennium Approaches and Perestroika received back-to-back Tony Awards for Best Play in 1993 and 1994, respectively. Millennium Approaches received the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1993. Angels in America - The Opera had its world premiere at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France in 2004, with William Jewell College alumnus Daniel Belcher ’92 singing the leading role.
Scenography for the production is by Nathan Wyman, associate professor and technical director of theatre at William Jewell. Costumes are designed by Amanda Brasher, a junior communication with theatre emphasis major from St. Peters, Mo., with fight choreography by Phillip Meece, senior theatre major from Jackson, Mo. The large cast includes Damen Webster, Peculiar, Mo.; Andy Kirk, Parkville, Mo.; Frank Ugochukwu, Irving, Texas; Taylor Evans, Kansas City North; Aaron Gotzon, Kansas City North; Riley Thompson, Osage Beach, Mo.; Rebecca Kean, Monett, Mo.; Taylor Johnson, Kearney, Mo.; Alyssa Emery, Smithville, Mo.; Max Frankel, Liberty, Mo.; Ruth Ann Simpson, O’Fallon, Mo.; Isak Anderson, Kansas City, Mo. (zip 64133); Chelsea Edmundson, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Hannah Overton, Liberty, Mo.; Keani Teubner, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Katherine Myers, Olathe, Kan.; Annie Winters, Clarksville, Tenn.; and Amanda Brasher, St. Peters, Mo.
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