Author(s): Ken Nielsen
This book offers an ideal introduction to studying the text in performance and production."Angels in America" paved a new way for American theatre in its combination of heightened theatricality and politics. Tony Kushner has emerged as one of the American theatre's leading playwrights and productions worldwide have meant the play has become recognised as the most important American play in decades. With the scope of characters' sexual, class and religious affiliations, "Angels in America" offers a unique possibility to discuss the construction of American identity in the late 1980s and 1990s.This guide provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the play, giving students an overview of the background and context; detailed analysis of the play including its structure, style and characters; analysis of key production issues and choices; overview of the performance history from the first performances of Millennium Approaches and Perestroika to recent productions and the 2003 HBO adaptation; and an annotated guide to further reading highlighting key critical approaches." Continuum Modern Theatre Guides" offer concise, accessible and informed introductions to the key plays of modern times. Each book is carefully structured to offer a systematic study of the play in its biographical, historical, social and political context, an in-depth study of the text, an overview of the work's production history including screen adaptations, and practical workshopping exercises. They also include a timeline and suggestions for further reading which highlight key critical approaches. This will enable students to develop their understanding of playwrights and theatre-makers, as well as inspiring them to broaden their studies.
Ken Nielsen is currently a PhD candidate in Theatre at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA.
Series Preface; 1. Background; 2. Angels in America; 3. Production Analysis; 4. Performance History; 5. From Stage to Screen; 6. Annotated bibliography, guide to further reading; Index.