Thursday, September 06, 2007

Angels in America

Wellington has some great live theatre so if you are visiting the capital city of New Zealand why not have a night out and see a play. If you happen to be in Wellington at the end of September check out "Angels in America"

Award winning Almost A Bird Theatre Collective proudly presents Tony Kushner’s masterpiece Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (winner of 1993 Pulitzer Price for best drama and Tony Award for best play) as part of the 2007 graduation season of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Angels in America will be staged at Downstage Theatre. For the first time in years the graduates of the national drama school showcase their final performance outside their own building and in the industry environment. Catherine Downes: “Angels in America will be an investment in a new generation of theatre makers and an example of how the industry can work together with Toi Whakaari. We are looking forward to being involved with this exciting, relevant new work.”

The epic play Angels in America was performed in Wellington for the last time at Circa Theatre in 1994. This story about a struggling community is still as provoking, funny and humane for today’s audiences as it was back then. Director Willem Wassenaar: “There is no other play than Angels in America that reflects so deeply the huge identity crisis that we as the world, a society and as individuals are experiencing at this very moment.”

Set in New York in the conservative mid 1980s, Angels in America is a rollercoaster collision course for a former drag queen diagnosed with AIDS, his arm chair philosopher lover, a Valium addicted housewife, her gay Mormon husband and a heavenly host of Angels. When even God has abandoned his responsibilities and the Angels are calling out for mortal guidance, the characters are forced to make their own decisions on freedom, sexuality, politics and religion in a universe that is about to change.

A LIMITED ONE WEEK SEASON @ Downstage Theatre / 29 SEP – 6 OCT 2007

Performance Times: Mon - Thu 6.30pm, Fri & Sat 7.30pm and matinee Sat 6 Oct 2pm

Ticket Prices: $39-$20 and $20 Preview Fri 28 Sep

Bookings: 04 801 6946 or


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It’ll be a riot! CHECK IT OUT

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Angels in America

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29 Sept – 6 Oct

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Starring: Dan Musgrove, Sophie Roberts, Matt Whelan & Martyn Wood

The universe is about to change; in which direction?

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Starring : Tom McCrory, 4 members of the NZSO

To examine the twisted way men and women perceive each other, with music to die for

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