Broadway's Original Angel Plays Kushner's Homebody at Seattle's Intiman, Sept. 12-Oct. 11

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Ellen McLaughlin, the original Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, takes on the scribe's more recent work as she stars in Homebody/ Kabul at Seattle's Intiman Theatre, Sept. 12-Oct. 11.
Ellen McLaughlin in Homebody/ Kabul.
Ellen McLaughlin in Homebody/ Kabul. Photo by Chris Bennion

Intiman Artistic Director Bartlett Sher directs the revised version of the work. Homebody/Kabul debuted at New York Theatre Workshop in December of 2001, a time when the play's subject of Afghanistan had become a major focal point for the world.

With lines like "The present is always an awful place to be," the play seemingly addressed the world after Sept. 11, 2001, but Kushner had written the play before the terrorist attacks occured.

Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre associate Frank Galati, who worked with Kushner on the restructuring, told Playbill On-Line that the play is now somewhat shorter and has been adjusted structurally. Instead of the long Homebody monologue comprising the entire first act, intermission is now preceded by that speech and four scenes from the Kabul section, which introduces the homebody's family. The first act now concludes with a new scene between Priscilla, the Homebody's daughter, and the Afghan guide she befriends. (In New York, the guide was played by an old man. The character is now considerably younger.)

McLaughlin heads a cast that also includes Jacqueline Antaramian, Laurence Ballard, Ismail Bashey, Ed Chemaly, Kristin Flanders, Simeon Moore and Shanga Parker.

The creative team for Intiman's Homebody/ Kabul features John Arnone (sets), Elizabeth Caitlin Ward (costumes), Justin Townsend (lights) and Peter John Still (sound). Mame Hunt serves as dramaturg and Judith Shahn is the dialect/language coach. Linda Emond (Life x 3) originated the homebody role for the New York run. Kika Markham — the actress who Kushner had in mind when writing the monologue — performed the Homebody section at London's Chelsea Theatre Centre in 1999.

For tickets to Homebody/Kabul at the Intiman, 201 Mercer Street at the Seattle Center in WA, call (206) 269-1900. For more information, visit www.intiman.org.

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