Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Revised and Complete Edition

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes: Revised and Complete Edition

Tony Kushner

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 1559363843

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes includes Part One, Millennium Approaches and Part Two, Perestroika

“Glorious. A monumental, subversive, altogether remarkable masterwork…Details of specific catastrophes may have changed since this Reagan-era AIDS epic won the Pulitzer and the Tony, but the real cosmic and human obsessions—power, religion, sex, responsibility, the future of the world—are as perilous, yet as falling-down funny, as ever.” –Linda Winer, Newsday

"A vast, miraculous play... provocative, witty and deeply upsetting... a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama." - Frank Rich, New York Times

"A victory for theater, for the transforming power of the imagination to turn devastation into beauty." - John Lahr, New Yorker

“An enormously impressive work of the imagination and intellect, a towering example of what theater stretched to its full potential can achieve.” -Philadelphia Inquirer

"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. It ranks as nothing less than one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century." - John Heilpern, New York Observer

“Some playwrights want to change the world. Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.” -New York Times

This new edition of Tony Kushner's masterpiece is published with the author's recent changes and a new introduction in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its original production. One of the most honored American plays in history, Angels in America was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO film directed by Mike Nichols. This two-part epic, subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," has received hundreds of performances worldwide in more than twenty-six languages.

Tony Kushner’s plays include Angels in America; Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Brown; The Illusion, adapted from the play by Pierre Cornelle; Slavs!; A Bright Room Called Day; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’s film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln. His books include The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon.
Among many honors, Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

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inescapable battle of politics, the shifting downwards and outwards of political power to the people . . . BELIZE: POWER to the People! AMEN! (Looking at his watch) OH MY GOODNESS! Will you look at the time, I gotta . . . LOUIS: DO you. . . . You think this is, what, racist or naive or something? BELIZE: Well it's certainly something. Look, I just remembered I have an appointment . . . LOUIS: What? I mean I really don't want to, like, speak from some position of privilege and . . . BELIZE: I'm

smells and tastes his fingers, and then holds them for Joe to smell.) LOUIS: Chlorine. Copper. Earth. (They kiss again.) LOUIS: What JOE: Um does that taste like? ... LOUIS: What? JOE: Well___ Nighttime. LOUIS: Stay? JOE: Yes. (Little pause) Louis? LOUIS (Unbuttoning Joe's shirt): Hmmm? JOE: What did that mean, ohblahdee ohblah ... LOUIS: Sssssh. Words are the worst things. Breathe. Smell. JOE: But... LOUIS: Let's stop talking. Or if you have to talk, talk dirty. 165 ACT TWO:

in some place a lot like this, alone, in the dark, waiting for the dummy. (The lights in the Diorama Room darken; dramatic music; the curtains part and lights come up on the little stage. The Voice on tape again:) VOICE: In 1847, across fifteen hundred miles of frontier wilder- ness, braving mountain blizzards, desert storms, and renegade Indians, the first Mormon wagon trains made their difficult way towards the Kingdom of God. HARPER: Want 194 some nacho-flavored.... Hi Joe. PERESTROIKA

HARPER: What? PRIOR: YOU are HARPER: amazingly unhappy. Oh big deal. You meet a Valium addict and you fig- ure out she's unhappy. That doesn't count. Of course I. . . . Something else. Something surprising. PRIOR: Something surprising. HARPER: Yes. PRIOR: Your husband's a homo. (Pause.) HARPER: Oh, ridiculous. (Pause, then very quietly) Really? PRIOR (Shrugs): HARPER: Well Threshold of revelation. I don't like your revelations. I don't think you intuit well at all. Joe's a very normal

AMERICA building will fill with smoke and everyone in it will asphyxiate. So help me God I will. Now answer the question. JOE: What if I . . . (Small pause.) HARPER: Then tell me, please. And we'll see. not. I don't see what difference it makes. JOE: NO. I'm LOUIS: Jews don't have any clear textual guide to the afterlife; even that it exists. I don't think much about it. I see it as a perpetual rainy Thursday afternoon in March. Dead leaves. PRIOR: Eeeugh. Very Greco-Roman. LOUIS: Well for us

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