PRE-SHOW FOR MILLENNIUM: SETTING THE SCENE
The year: 1985. The place: New York. The mood: apocalypse. Join a member of our staff on Wednesdays and Thursdays before performances as they provide context and background for the play you’re about to see. Discuss the progression of HIV/AIDS, the rise of Reaganism, and the setbacks to gay rights as we provide you with an introduction to Angels’ key themes.
PRE-SHOW FOR PERESTROIKA: PREVIOUSLY ON ANGELS IN AMERICA…
From the destruction of Millennium Approaches rises a new work: Perestroika. Before the second half of your Angels experience, discuss major plot points, character arcs, and themes. Delve into the twists and turns of Millennium in order to prepare yourself for Perestroika.
September 7, 2016 – Design Discussion, Post-Show Discussion
September 9, 2016 – Director Discussion
September 14, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
September 15, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
September 16, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
September 28, 2016 – Director Discussion
October 2, 2016 – Post-Show Panel Discussion (details below)
October 5, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 6, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 7, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
October 9, 2016 – Post-Show Panel Discussion (details below)
October 12, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 13, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 14, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
October 16, 2016 – Post-Show Panel Discussion (details below)
October 19, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 20, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 21, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
October 23, 2016 – Post-Show Panel Discussion (details below)
October 26, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 27, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 28, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
Panels: Angels in Conversation
Over the four weeks of October, join our four panels of experts to discuss the broader themes of Angels in America: the HIV/AIDS epidemic, LGBTQ rights, spirituality, and the play’s own dramatic legacy. Continue the conversation after each October Sunday matinee performance, and truly engage with this epic work.
Medicine: October 2 following the matinee performance
15,527 sick. 12,529 dead. Angels in America opens as the plague of HIV/AIDS continues to swell, with no end in sight. The only hope lies in an experimental treatment called AZT, which has just begun its first human trials. Our panel of NIH experts recounts their race against time to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS, as present-day activists discuss the continued—and underreported—struggle to eradicate the epidemic once and for all.
Dr. David Morens, Senior Scientific Advisor, NIH
Dr. Victoria Harding, author of 30 Years of AIDS
Devin Barrington-Ward, Director of Communications, Whitman-Walker Health
Law: October 9 following the matinee performance
“We will be citizens,” Tony Kushner promises at the end of Angels in America—and history seems to have vindicated his optimism. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Kushner’s masterpiece, the LGBTQ community has won marriage equality, a repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and mainstream political acceptance; but the fight is far from over. Our legal panel explores both the triumphs and setbacks of the 21st century, including the ongoing state-level legal backlash against LGBTQ rights.
Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director, LAMBDA Legal
Zack Ford, LGBT Editor, ThinkProgress
Religion: October 16 following the matinee performance
“In my church,” Mormon character Harper asserts, “we don’t believe in homosexuals.” Yet Angels in America goes on to reveal a far more complex vision of sexuality and religion, one that seeks to reconcile faith and acceptance. Our panel of faith leaders from the DMV area discusses their own organizations’ efforts to unite these two concepts, while also engaging in a broader conversation about the true nature of a personally and spiritually fulfilling worldview.
Pastor Tim Hughes, Brown Memorial Church
Representatives from 6th and I, and Affirmation DC
Legacy: October 23 following the matinee performance
Two parts, eight acts, thirty-one characters—Angels in America is not a small play, nor was its creation a small task. Join us as our panel explores the story behind the saga, from the play’s conception to its first production at the Eureka Theatre to its impact on American culture, all through oral history and firsthand accounts.
Isaac Butler, co-author of Angels in America: The Oral History
Tom Kamm, Angels in America original scenic designer