Angels in America Background

Angels in America Background

The play Angels in America: a Gay Fantasia on Nation Themes is one of Tony Kushner’s most known written works. The play was published in 1993 and was awarded numerous prizes including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The play is divided into two parts entitles Millennium Approaches and Perestroika. The first part of the play was performed for the first time in 1990 in Los Angeles and the second part was performed a few years later.

The action of the play takes place in 1985 in America and it focuses on the relationship between a homosexual couples. The play analyzes the way gay couples and homosexuals were perceived by the society and how AIDS can influence a relationship.

The play features supernatural elements that required special effects during the performance of the play. Angels in America is filled with symbolism and allusions towards religion and politics. References made towards Biblical episodes are a recurrent motif in the play as well as references made towards politics and political figures.

The play was and is still considered as being controversial by radical religious groups and as a result, in some places where the play was supposed to be performed protest was held in order to stop the play from being performed. Despite this, the play was successful and it was adapted into an opera and a miniseries produce by HBO. The miniseries won both an Emmy and the Golden Globe and it featured well-known actors such as Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Jeffery Wright.

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