Angels in America Rehearsal - Knox College Theatre

Knox College Theatre presents two-part epic "Angels in America"

Directors' commentary, cast and crew listing

January 26, 2010

The award-winning two-part drama, "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," by Tony Kushner, will be performed by the Knox College Department of Theatre and Dance, February 25-March 6. Part 1, "Millennium Approaches," is directed by Kelly Lynn Hogan, visiting instructor in theatre. Part 2, "Perestroika," is directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, professor of theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and Knox College alumni, free to Knox College faculty and staff, and free to all students with a valid student I.D. The plays are recommended for mature audiences.

Knox College Repertory Theatre Term rehearsalPhotos: Above, director Kelly Lynn Hogan with students Alex Lindgren as Joseph Pitt and Chris Bakka as Roy M. Cohn in rehearsal for "Millennium Approaches"; at right, Eleanor Ognacevic; below, set goes up on stage.

The two plays are performed five times each on alternating days over a two-week period, with back-to-back performances on the two Saturdays, February 27 and March 6. Post-show discussions with members of the cast and crew will be held following the performances on March 2, 3, 4 and 5. Ticket information and reservations are available by calling (309) 341-7472. A detailed schedule is available at http://www.knox.edu/x28116.xml

"Angels in America is an epic, nominally about the 1980s AIDS crisis, that uses a masterful blend of fantasy and reality to both depict and transcend the historical setting," said Carlin-Metz, who has won critical praise for her work at Vitalist Theatre in Chicago and served as assistant director for the 1991 premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles of "Widows," adapted for the stage by Kushner and Ariel Dorfman from Dorfman's novel of the same name.

Knox College Repertory Theatre Term"Angels in America" won Tony Awards for Best Play in 1993 and 1994 and the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. They are presented as part of Knox College's 2010 Repertory Theatre Term. The only program of its kind in the United States, "Rep Term," as it has been known during its 40-year history at Knox, is a ten-week conservatory style, "total immersion" curriculum devoted exclusively to the study and staging of two full-length plays.

"The characters of Kushner's plays struggle against change," Carlin-Metz said. "They are forced to pursue a painful progress from the ancient roots of their respective ancestries, through a corrupt political present, toward the hope of inclusion and respect for all of America's citizens, regardless of sexuality, race, or faith."

"In the first of the two parts, 'Millennium Approaches,' the characters ready themselves to do battle with the deep psychological and societal forces that breed fears of loss and abandonment, illness and death, self and other," said Hogan. A graduate of Knox, previous Rep Term participant and professional actor, Hogan has received acclaim for her stage work in Chicago. "'Millennium Approaches' is the start of a journey -- a terrible, migratory journey of the human spirit that seeks ultimately to find itself at home, alive and vibrant in its divinely sublunary beauty."

Part 2 is titled, "Perestroika,"a Russian word meaning "restructuring," explained Carlin-Metz. "'Perestroika' propels its characters and us toward a confrontation so cataclysmic that each individual is wrenched wittingly or not toward seismic change, and heaven itself is thrust into chaos. Still, there is a hint of solace in the title -- a word of renewal drawn from the politics of the 1980s. It is a talisman of things yet to come, even in 2010, as we close the first decade of the millennium that loomed so uncertainly yet so tantalizingly hopeful when Tony Kushner launched his world renowned plays. The concept of millennium is often thought of in religious contexts as the end of change. Kushner turns that around -- it's a beginning. As The Angel character expresses it, 'The great work begins.'"

Photos: Below and bottom of page, students and theatre faculty, from left in chairs, Margo Shively, costume shop supervisor; Elizabeth Carlin-Metz, professor of theatre and director of "Perestroika"; Neil Blackadder, professor and chair of theatre; Kelly Lynn Hogan, instructor in theatre and director of "Millennium Approaches"; Craig Choma (seated on floor), associate professor of theatre and set designer; Jennifer Smith, associate professor of dance.

Knox College Repertory Theatre Term

Student
First name | Last name

Role in play:
Millennium Approaches | Perestroika

Crew, Chair and
Company-wide Assignments

Jack

Dryden

Prior Walter

Ensemble

Videography Chair

Noel

Sherrard

Louis Ironson

Ensemble

Props /Sets

Alex

Lindgren

Joseph Porter Pitt

Ensemble

Sets / Videography

Caroline

Castro

Harper Amaty Pitt

Ensemble

Props / Publicity

Abigail

Harms

Hannah Porter Pitt

Asiatica

Costumes /Publicity

Chris

Bakka

Roy M. Cohn

Ensemble

Sets / Publicity

D’Angelo

Smith

Belize (Norman Ariaga)

Belize (Norman Ariaga)

Costumes / Sets

Devan

Cameron

The Angel

The Angel

Assistant Director (Millennium) / Publicity

Lindsey

Murrell

Mr. Lies

Mr. Lies

Publicity Chair / Movement Director / Costumes

Kathleen

Donoghue

Rabbi Chemelwitz / Angel's Voice

Rabbi Chemelwitz

Makeup Designer / Costumes

Alexandra

LeFlore

Emily

Africanii

Costumes / Sets

Nate

Hults

Martin Heller / Ensemble

Ensemble

Sets / Props

Samantha 

Newport 

Henry

 

Production Manager / Assistant Director (Perestroika) / Sets

Lyle

Lippincott

Ethel Rosenberg

Australia

Costumes

Gloria

Feliciano

Prior 1

Assistant Director (Perestroika) / Props Designer (Millennium Approaches)

Shane

Donegan

Prior 2

Prior Walter

Sets / Photo and Video Archivist

Katie

Haynes

Women's Chorus

Mormon Mother

Costumes

Liz

Picurro

Women's Chorus


Assistant Stage Manager (Perestroika) / Sets

Ivy

Reid

Women's Chorus

Europa

Stage Manager (Millennium) / Master Electrician / Sets

Kat

Reiser

Women's Chorus


Stage Manager (Perestroika) / Costumes

Anna

Munzesheimer 

Angel's Voice

Ethel Rosenberg

Assistant Director (Perestroika) / Sets

Alicia

Vallorani

Angel's Voice

Harper Amaty Pitt

Costumes / Paint

Kristen

Chmielewski

Ensemble

Antarctica

Costumes / Publicity

Carla

Hamilton

Ensemble

Sarah Ironson

Costume Chair / Publicity

Ryn

Flynn

Ensemble

Ensemble

Co-Lighting Designer (Both Parts) / Sound Operator (Perestroika) / Stage Fighting Choreographer / Sets

Nellie

Ognacevic

Ensemble

Hannah Porter Pitt

Costumer / Props / Paint

Keegan

Siebken

Ensemble

Roy M. Cohn

Sets / Webmaster

Allison

Smith

Ensemble


Costume Designer, House Manager (Perestroika)

Pat

Topping

Ensemble

Louis Ironson

Costumes

Willi

Goehring

 

Joseph Porter Pitt

Assistant Director (Millennium) / Sets / Videography

Lauren

Neiheisel

 

Emily

Stage Manager (Millennium) / Sets / Paint

Alexandra

Dewald

 

Prelapsarianov

Company Manager, Lead Scenic Artist (Both Parts) / Sets

Pier

Debes

 

Henry

Sound Designer (Both Parts) / Sets / Sound Operator (Millennium)

Analise

Rahn

 

Oceania

Costume Designer, House Manager (Millennium)

Rebecca

Warner

 

Ensemble

Assistant Stage Manager (Millennium) / Sets

Knox College Repertory Theatre Term