Off-Broadway's Angels in America Will Be Recast for Third Extension; Michael Urie Among Newcomers
By Kenneth Jones
Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre Company announced a third extension for the first New York City revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, directed by Michael Greif. The two-part Reagan-era drama will now play to March 27, 2011, with roles recast.
Robin Bartlett, Christian Borle, Zoe Kazan, Zachary Quinto and Robin Weigert will play their final performances on Jan. 30, 2011, the end date of the initial extension. Starting Feb. 2, Adam Driver (Mrs. Warren's Profession) will play the role of Louis Ironson, Lynne McCollough (Cavedweller) will play the role of Hannah Pitt and Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty," The Temperamentals) will play the role of Prior Walter, with additional casting to be announced.
The production, originally slated to run through Dec. 19, 2010, and extended initially through Jan. 30, 2011, and a second time through Feb. 20, 2011, will now play an additional five weeks through March 27, 2011.
The almost-seven-hour Angels opened Oct. 28 at the Peter Norton Space, 555 W. 42nd Street. Perestroika, part two of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, began Sept. 16 following the Sept. 14 launch of part one, Millennium Approaches. Performances of the epic continue in alternating repertory.
The production 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'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."
Scenic design is by Mark Wendland, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Ken Travis, projection design by Wendall K. Harrington, music by Michael Friedman and Chris Miller, hair and wig design by Charles Lapointe, dialect coaching by Deborah Hecht, fight direction by Rick Sordelet, aerial design by Paul Rubin, make-up by Cookie Jordan, additional costumes by Jeff Mahshie and casting by Telsey + Company. Production stage manager is Monica A. Cuoco. Stage manager is Joshua Pilote.
Signature Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary season celebrates Tony Kushner.
Tickets for all performances beginning Dec. 21, 2010, are $85. 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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