Fund for New American Plays

Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches

Eureka Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Part I of the Tony Award-winning epic Angels In America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Millennium Approaches examines the last part of the 20th century through characters as controversial as deceased lawyer Roy Cohn and as fanciful as an Angel and ancestral ghosts. The play follows the parallel struggles of two couples, one straight and one gay, as they attempt to reconcile morality and sexual identity, love and justice, fear and responsibility during the 1980s.

Tony Kushner's plays include A Bright Room Called Day; The Illusion, freely adapted from Corneille; Slavs!: Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness; and adaptations of Goethe's Stella, Brecht's The Good Person of Setzuan, and Ansky's The Dybbuk. His work has been produced at theaters around the United States, including New York Theatre Workshop, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Hartford Stage Company; on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre; at the Royal National Theatre in London, the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, the Deutsches Theatre in Berlin, and in more than 30 countries around the world. Angels in America was awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the 1993 and 1994 Tony Awards for Best Play, the 1993 and 1994 Drama Desk Awards, The 1992 Evening Standard Award, two Olivier Award nominations, the 1993 New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the 1993 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and the 1994 LAMBDA Literary Award for Drama, among others. Mr. Kushner is the recipient of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a 1990 Whiting Foundation Writer's Award, and an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. Mr. Kushner was born in Manhattan and grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in directing from NYU, where he studied with Carl Weber. He lives in Manhattan.

Director: David Esbjornson
Set Designer: Tom Kamm
Lighting Designer: Jack Carpenter and Jim Cave
Costume Designer: Sandra Woodall
Sound Designer: Kim Foscato with Earwax
Leading Performers: John Bellucci, Kathleen Chalfant, Anne Darragh, Ellen McLaughlin, Michael Ornstein, Stephen Spinella, Harry Waters, Jr.
Running Dates: May 14-July 7, 1991

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