About Angels in America

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is a play in two parts by American playwright Tony Kushner. The work won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. The two parts of the play are separately presentable and entitled Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, respectively. The play has been made into a television miniseries and an opera.

The play is a complex examination of AIDS and homosexuality in America in the 1980s. The play’s first part, Millennium Approaches, was commissioned by the Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum, with which Kushner has a long association. It was first performed in Los Angeles as a workshop in May 1990 by the Center Theatre Group at the Mark Taper Forum.

The play’s second part, Perestroika, was still being developed as Millennium Approaches was being performed. It was performed several times as staged readings by both the Eureka Theatre (during the world premiere of part one in 1991), and the Mark Taper Forum (in May 1992). It received its world premiere in November 1992 in a production by the Mark Taper Forum, directed by Oskar Eustis and Tony Taccone.

The entire two-part play debuted on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theatre in 1993, directed by George C. Wolfe, with Millennium Approaches performed on May 4 and Perestroika joining it in repertory on November 23, closing December 4, 1994 featuring Ron Leibman, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeffrey Wright, and Joe Mantello.

 

Videos

Classic Clips: Tony Kushner (1993)

Performance (Working In The Theatre #201)

Chris Albrecht Interview, Director of Programming HBO

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  • , Perestroika - Walter Kerr Theatre

    1994 Tony Award Best Play
    1994 Tony Award Best Actor in Play Stephen Spinella
    1994 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Jeffrey Wright
    1994 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play
    1994 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Stephen Spinella
    1994 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play Jeffrey Wright

  • , Millennium Approaches -Walter Kerr Theatre

    1993 Tony Award Best Play
    1993 Tony Award Best Actor in Play Ron Leibman
    1993 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Play Stephen Spinella
    1993 Tony Award Best Direction of a Play George C. Wolfe
    1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
    1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play
    1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Ron Leibman
    1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Joe Mantello
    1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Stephen Spinella
    1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play George C. Wolfe
    1993 Theatre World Award Marcia Gay Harden
    1993 Theatre World Award Stephen Spinella