Madison Lyric Stage, a professional theater company serving the Connecticut shoreline, will present Tony Kushner’s award-winning Angels in America: Part I, Millennium Approaches, June 9-18. One of the great epic American plays of this past century, this groundbreaking work explores the lives of a handful of people trying to make sense of the world. The epic ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex and religion; travels to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; switches between realism and fantasy; combines uproarious humor with deep pathos, and explores the tragedy of AIDS.
Angels in America, now celebrating its 30th anniversary, is a two-part epic that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993. It is widely regarded as one of the most important plays of the 20th century and has been praised for its themes of love, loss, and the human condition. A Tony Award-winner, HBO adapted Angels in America into an Emmy Award-winning film. MLS will present Part I of Tony Kushner’s masterwork in 2023, with the intent to present the full work in 2024.
“We are thrilled to bring Angels in America, with its subtitle A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, to our audiences, especially during June’s Pride Month,” said Marc Deaton, artistic director of Madison Lyric Stage. “This play is a daring and powerful reminder of the struggles that people faced during the AIDS epidemic and the importance of love and community in the face of adversity.”
Angels in America will be presented in association with the New Haven Pride Center, and a portion of all ticket sales will benefit the Center’s youth programming.
Audiences are invited to arrive before the performance to enjoy music of the ‘80s, along with a signature cocktail and other drinks.
Tickets are $55 and can be purchased by visiting madisonlyricstage.org, or by calling 203-215-6329. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Performances will be held inside MLS’s brand-new enclosed tent on the grounds of the Deacon John Grave House located at 581 Boston Post Road in Madison.