WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - UNCW is continuing its theater season with a show that marked a major milestone in our culture.
Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches takes place in the 1980's in New York during the AIDs epidemic.
Prior Walter is attacked by the disease, his lover leaves him, and he's visited by a post-apocalyptic angel. Meanwhile, a couple higher-ups in the judicial system are in the closet, each for different reasons.
The show looks at the political and social powers of the time and what they did or didn't do for the homosexual community.
"It's about Gay New Yorkers who were even more marginalized back then than they are now and as a result of that were not being attended to when this epidemic hit," said actor Cullen Moss.
"What's the government's responsibility to protect the citizens," said director Ed Wagenseller. "What did Reagan do during this era to protect the citizens or what didn't he do during this era?"
With such deep, impactful content, the cast says it's no wonder the show won a Tony and a Pulitzer.
"This show is so well-written, and it's so good," said Wagenseller. "You could do it in a shoebox of a theater. It doesn't really matter because the words that he's put together are so powerful."
"There's a lot of magic in it, in these weird, surreal moments," said Moss.
Moss plays a character based on real-life attorney Ray Cohn who contracted AIDs but kept it a secret. Click on his interview to the right to hear more.
Wagenseller directed the play with "exposed theatricality," meaning the off-stage area was not hidden. Click on his interview to the right to hear more about his vision.
Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches
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