Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Tony Kushner
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See ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART TWO: PERESTROIKA.
Part One and Part Two may be purchased as a bundle at 20% off the regular price: ANGELS IN AMERICA, PART ONE and PART TWO
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner of the 1993 Tony Award for Best Play

Description

In the first part of Tony Kushner's epic, set in 1980's New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer's marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel.

Production Info

Cast: 8 total (3 female, 5 male)
Full Length Drama (about 180 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
Reviews

Press Quotes

“Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex and religion; transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks; switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at least the absconding of God.” —Jack Kroll, Newsweek

“A vast miraculous play … provocative, witty and deeply upsetting … a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama … PERESTROIKA is not only a stunning resolution of the rending human drama of MILLENIUM APPROACHES, but also a true millennial work of art, uplifting, hugely comic and pantheistically religious in a very American style.” —Frank Rich, New York Times

“Something rare, dangerous and harrowing … a roman candle hurled into a drawing room …” —Nicholas de Jongh, London Evening Standard

“An epic theatrical fever dream … a three-hour cliffhanger that leaves you wanting more.” —Variety

“A victory for theater, for the transforming power of the imagination to turn devastation into beauty. ANGELS IN AMERICA is a monumental achievement, the work of a defiantly theatrical imagination that has no parallel on television or in the movies. It ennobles Broadway as no other work in recent memory has.” —Jeremy Gerard, Variety

“Not since Tennessee Williams has a playwright announced his poetic vision with such authority on the Broadway stage … PERESTROIKA is a masterpiece.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker

“Establishes Kushner as a poet and moral visionary in love with the theater yet awake in the world.” —Don Shewey, The Village Voice

“Playful and profound, extravagantly theatrical and deeply spiritual, witty and compassionate, furious and incredibly smart … It’s impossible to imagine anyone captivated by the beginning not wanting — needing — to go back for the end.” —Linda Winer, Newsday

About the Author

Author

  • Tony Kushner

    Born in New York City in 1956, and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tony Kushner is best known for his two-part epic, ANGELS IN AMERICA: A GAY FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES. His other plays include A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, SLAVS!, HYDROTAPHIA, HOMEBODY/KABUL, and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, the musical for which he wrote book and lyrics, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori. Kushner has translated and adapted Pierre Corneille's THE ILLUSION, S.Y. Ansky's THE DYBBUK, Bertolt Brecht's THE GOOD PERSON OF SEZUAN and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, and the English-language libretto for the children's opera BRUNDIBÁR by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film of Angels in America and Steven Spielberg's Munich. In 2012 he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg's movie Lincoln. His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Chicago Film Critics Award, and several others. His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: The Libretto, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. His recent work includes a collection of one-act plays entitled TINY KUSHNER, and THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES. In addition, a revival of ANGELS IN AMERICA ran Off-Broadway at the Signature Theater and won the Lucille Lortel Award in 2011 for Outstanding Revival. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement, and the 2012 National Medal of Arts, among many others. CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, produced at the National Theatre of Great Britain, received the EVENING STANDARD Award, the London Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best Musical. In September 2008, Tony Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest theater award in the US. He is the subject of a documentary film, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, made by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/30/2017
Pages 140
ISBN 9780881456516

Special Notes

Special Notes

All licensees are required to give credit to the original stage producers of the play in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

MILLENNIUM APPROACHES was first performed in a workshop production
presented by Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum, May 1990

The world premiere was presented by The Eureka Theatre Company, May 1991

Opened in London at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain, January 1992

Opened in New York at the Walter Kerr Theatre in April 1993

The first production of ANGELS IN AMERICA, Parts One and Two
was presented at the Mark Taper Forum

In addition, the following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches is performed by special arrangement
with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, New York, NY
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That Theatre Company
Toronto, ON, Canada

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Berkeley, CA

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Actor's Express
Atlanta, GA

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Dallas, TX

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Rancho Mirage, CA

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Provincetown, MA

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Swarthmore, PA

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Greenfield, MA

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Danbury, CT

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Maryland Ensemble Theatre
Frederick, MD

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Harry And Rose Samson Family Jcc
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Madison Lyric Stage
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Lindenhurst, NY

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Frederick, MD

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Redhouse Arts Center
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Salt Lake City, UT

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Gibsons, BC, Canada

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Fullerton, CA

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YouTube
Youngstown, OH

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Red Curtain Foundation For The Arts
Marysville, WA

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Community Theatre League
Williamsport, PA

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Harrisburg, PA

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Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Tampa, FL

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Roseville Theatre Arts Academy
Roseville, CA

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Staunton, VA

5/30/2019 – 6/9/2019
Utah Repertory Theater Company
Salt Lake City, UT

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Ashland, OR

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Merced College
Merced, CA

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Baltimore City College
Baltimore, MD

3/9/2019 – 3/9/2019
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Gunnison, CO

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Second Generation Theatre Co
Buffalo, NY

2/22/2019 – 3/17/2019
Lakewood Playhouse
Lakewood, WA

2/22/2019 – 3/3/2019
Washington University In St. Louis
St. Louis, MO

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Black Hills Community Theatre
Rapid City, SD

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Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

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Loyola
Los Angeles, CA

11/9/2018 – 11/18/2018
The Park Players
Detroit, MI

11/9/2018 – 11/18/2018
South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, WA

11/8/2018 – 11/16/2018
South Puget Sound Community College
Olympia, WA

11/7/2018 – 11/14/2018
Virginia Tech School Of Performing Arts
Blacksburg, VA

11/6/2018 – 11/17/2018
UAB Department Of Theatre
Birmingham, AL

10/4/2018 – 10/7/2018
Joliet Junior College
Joliet, IL

10/1/2018 – 8/1/2019
Beit Zvi
Ramat Gan, Israel

9/7/2018 – 9/8/2018
Bold Theatrics
Oneonta, NY

5/4/2018 – 5/20/2018
What A Do Theatre
Springfield, MI

5/3/2018 – 5/13/2018
Suny Sullivan
Loch Sheldrake, NY

4/5/2018 – 4/8/2018
Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH

3/29/2018 – 4/8/2018
University Of Michigan, School Of Music, Theatre & Dance, University Productions
Ann Arbor, MI

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Lakeshore Players Theatre
White Bear Lake, MN

3/9/2018 – 3/9/2018
Bosque School
Albuquerque, NM

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Bates College, Department Of Theater And Dance
Lewiston, ME

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Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY

2/9/2018 – 3/3/2018
Empty Space Productions
Bakersfield, CA

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An Other Theater Company
Provo, UT

2/9/2018 – 2/18/2018
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI

2/8/2018 – 3/3/2018
Albuquerque High School Drama
Albuquerque, NM

1/27/2018 – 1/27/2018
Wright State University
Fairborn, OH

12/8/2017 – 12/23/2017
Theatredart
Colorado Springs, CO

12/1/2017 – 12/9/2017
University Of Wisconsin - Parkside
Kenosha, WI

11/30/2017 – 12/2/2017
Stanford Theater Lab
Stanford, CA

11/14/2017 – 11/18/2017
The University Of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

10/3/2017 – 10/13/2017
Ithaca College Theatre Arts
Ithaca, NY

9/28/2017 – 10/2/2017
Ohio Northern University
Ada, OH

9/21/2017 – 9/24/2017
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

8/31/2017 – 9/2/2017
Alpha Psi Omega At Unca
Asheville, NC

8/7/2017 – 8/7/2017
Omaha Community Playhouse
Omaha, NE

5/12/2017 – 5/21/2017
The Local Actors Guild Of Saratoga
Saratoga Springs

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Civic Theatre Of Allentown
Allentown, PA

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California State University, Northridge - Department Of Theatre
Northridge, CA

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Illinois College
Jacksonville, IL

4/20/2017 – 4/22/2017
Generic Theatre Company
Washington, DC

4/19/2017 – 4/23/2017
Depauw University
Greencastle, IN

4/7/2017 – 4/23/2017
Acting Ensemble
South Bend, IN

3/31/2017 – 4/2/2017
Roosevelt University
Chicago, IL

3/11/2017 – 3/25/2017
Act 1 Theater Co.
Nashville, TN

2/9/2017 – 2/11/2017
Breakthrough Workshop Theatre
San Diego, CA

2/4/2017 – 3/5/2017
USC School Of Dramatic Arts
Los Angeles, CA

11/13/2016 – 11/17/2016
Missouri State University
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11/12/2016 – 11/12/2016
Players Club Of Swarthmore
Swarthmore, PA

10/20/2016 – 10/23/2016
University Of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR

9/29/2016 – 10/16/2016
Studio 58/Langara College
Vancouver, BC, Canada

6/17/2016 – 6/26/2016
Warehouse Theatre
Columbus, OH

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Salem Theatre Company
Salem, MA

6/3/2016 – 6/12/2016
The Little Theatre Of Wilkes-Barre
Wilkes-Barre, PA

5/27/2016 – 5/28/2016
Sf Waldorf High School
San Francisco, CA

4/15/2016 – 4/15/2016
Phillips Academy Andover
Andover, MA

3/4/2016 – 3/13/2016
The Center For Performing Arts At Rhinebeck (RPA, Inc.)
Rhinebeck, NY

1/14/2016 – 1/30/2016
The Spot Llc
Ketchum, ID

12/1/2015 – 12/1/2015
Halfmad Theatre
Washington, DC