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May 5, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Category: Play
Location: Hilberry Theatre | Map
4743 Cass
Detroit, MI 48201
Cost: $15-$25
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

For two special days, Theatre and Dance at Wayne will present the contemporary theatre epic Angels in America in its entirety.

Part One: 

In Part I of this two-part epic, Prior Walter, a young man living in NYC in 1985, is diagnosed with AIDS. His boyfriend, Louis, struggling to cope with the disease and his own fears, abandons him. Alone, Prior struggles until he’s visited by ancestral ghosts who herald the coming of a fierce angel. At the same time, Joe Pitt, a conservative but closeted Mormon, is offered a high profile job in Washington, D.C., by his mentor, the McCarthyist lawyer Roy Cohn. Joe’s wife Harper, who struggles with her own illness, refuses to move. In the seven-time Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, playwright Tony Kushner explores evolving values in America.

Part Two:

Following the events of Part I: Millennium ApproachesPerestroika continues the complex and fantastical examination of homosexuality, race, and AIDS in 1980s America. Fighting illness and losing hope, Prior Walter is hesitant to become the prophet as demanded by the Angel. Roy Cohn is hospitalized, diagnosed with “liver cancer,” and under the care of Belize. Harper has disappeared and Joe’s mother has arrived to try to put her family back together. Perestroika is the thrilling conclusion to this epic tale of love, loss, and destiny.


For more information about this event, please contact Matthew Jared Lee at 313-577-2972 or theatrepr@wayne.edu.