PHOTO CALL: Christian Borle, Zoe Kazan, Bill Heck and More Rehearse Angels in America

News   PHOTO CALL: Christian Borle, Zoe Kazan, Bill Heck and More Rehearse Angels in America
 
The first New York City revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is currently in rehearsal at Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre.

Here's how Signature characterizes the Pulitzer Prize-winning work: "Set in late 1985 and early 1986, as the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in America is escalating and Ronald Reagan has been elected to a second term in the White House, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play's two parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, bring together a young gay man with AIDS and his frightened, unfaithful lover; a closeted Mormon lawyer and his valium-addicted wife; the infamous New York lawyer Roy Cohn; an African-American male nurse; a Mormon housewife from Utah; and a steel-winged, prophecy-bearing angel; as well as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, an ancient rabbi, the world's oldest living Bolshevik and a Reagan administration functionary, among many others — all played by a company of eight actors. The lives of these disparate characters intersect, intertwine, collide and are blown apart during a time of heartbreak, reaction and transformation. Ranging from earth to heaven, from the political to the intimate to the visionary and supernatural, Angels in America is an epic exploration of love, justice, identity and theology, of the difficulty, terror and necessity of change."

Angels in America features Robin Bartlett as Hannah Pitt, Christian Borle as Prior Walter, Bill Heck as Joe Pitt, Zoe Kazan as Harper Pitt, Billy Porter as Belize, Zachary Quinto as Louis Ironson, Robin Weigert as The Angel and Frank Wood as Roy Cohn.

Here is the company in rehearsal:

Directed by Michael Greif, the two-part Reagan-era epic — Millennium Approaches and Perestroika — will begin alternating in repertory from the start of performances. The run begins Sept. 14 and opens Oct. 28 at Signature's home at the Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street).

For the full performance calendar, to purchase tickets or for more information, visit http://signaturetheatre.org/angels or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).

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