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General News : Mar 26, 2014

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika opening soon

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, a production written by Tony award-winning playwright Tony Kushner and directed by UF Assistant Professor Tim Altmeyer March 28-April 6, 2014. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 28 and April 1-5 and at 2 p.m. on March 30 and April 6 in Constans Theatre located in the Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion on UF’s campus. Tickets are $13 for UF students, UF faculty/staff and senior citizens, and are $17 for the general public.

Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika is set in 1985. Ronald Reagan has just been re-elected to a second term, and the deadly AIDS epidemic is at its height in New York City. Kushner’s two-part epic historical drama captures the lives of the HIV-positive Prior; Louis, his lover who abandons him; Joe, a closeted gay Mormon; his Valium-addicted wife Harper; Hannah, Joe’s mother from Utah; Roy Cohn, a notorious lawyer from the McCarthy hearings, dying of AIDS; Belize, his African-American nurse; and the Angel, a terrifyingly beautiful herald of the apocalypse. Kushner summons a restless pastiche of the historical and the supernatural, the theological and the political—all told with surging theatricality.

 From the wreckage of an Angel’s dramatic descent from heaven, which concludesPart One: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America forges ahead in Part Two: Perestroika. The AIDS epidemic is escalating, the ozone layer is under attack and God has abandoned all of mankind. Amid this chaos, Kushner creates a cosmic-scale portrait of America through now-legendary characters. Together, their lives intersect and get blown apart with both profound symbolism and brilliant comedy.

“Angels in America is the finest drama of our time, speaking to us of an entire era of life and death as no other play within memory.” New York Observer

Tickets are available through the University Box Office located at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, by calling 352-392-1653 or at Season and group prices are also available. The Nadine M. McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion is located at 687 McCarty Drive, Gainesville, FL 32611. On-campus parking is available at the Reitz Union garage and the Museum Road parking lot. Guests are strongly encouraged to pick up tickets early, as shows run the risk of being sold out.