Theater Department to perform 'Angels in America'

The Department of Theater will open its production of Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches” on Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m. in the Rand Theater.

Additional performances will be on Friday, April 8, Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. A first Friday talkback will be held on April 8 immediately following the production. There will also be two Saturday productions, on April 9 and April 16 at 2 p.m.

The play is set in the 1980s in a time when AIDS was just becoming a wide-spread problem getting recognition beyond the gay community, but remains a topical piece as new drugs aren’t available to everyone and resistant strains of the disease are developing. The characters span a variety of sexual orientations as well as different races and religions in society. The production contains brief nudity, explicit language and adult themes and is not recommended for children under 14.

M. Honatke Miller, a student in the Master of Fine Arts Program, is directing the piece as her thesis project. Miller calls “Angels in America” a quintessential theater piece, and says that theater plays an important part in helping people sort out how they feel about themselves and the world around them.

Admission is $10 general public, $5 students, senior citizens and children under 18. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (545-2511).