Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches

Its 1985; a decade of over indulgence and decadence. The Reagans are in the White House and a new threat brings terror to the homosexual community; it is the threat of AIDS.

This is the new subject of Wollongong Workshop Theatre’s latest production, Angels in America; Part 1: Millennium Approaches. Set in the 1980’s, Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer prize winning play, Angels in America is a complex, sometimes metaphorical and symbolic look at AIDS, homosexuality and relationships in the 1980’s.

The play focuses on the lives of the people that these themes directly affect, as well as using other worldly beings such as ghosts and angels to convey the feelings of the time.

Set at the end of October 1985, Louis learns that his partner, Prior has AIDS. As Prior’s Illness progresses, Louis is unable to cope and ends the relationship, meaning not only does Prior have to learn to deal with his illness progressing, but he also has to come to terms with the fact that he may be dealing with his illness alone, being abandoned by his partner.

Meanwhile, closeted Mormon Joe Pitt, a law clerk is offered a position in Washington by his mentor the McCarthyist lawyer, and eventual Trump mentor, Roy Cohn. Joe is hesitant to accept the position, for concerns over his agoraphobic wife, Harper. Harper believes Joe doesn’t love her in the same way as she does, which is confirmed when Joe confesses his homosexuality. This confession causes Harper to escape into a drug filled fantasy world, retreating from society even further. With no real regard for either partner, Louis and Joe start an intense relationship with each other.

Tying all of these characters together is Roy Cohn; deeply closeted, Roy is dealing with his own AIDS diagnosis. He uses and abuses both people and power, until one day, his day of reckoning is upon him, with his own ghost from the past.

Angels in America, although written in two parts, (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) can be performed separately; with Wollongong Workshop Theatre brining Part 1: Millennium Approaches to The Illawarra Stage.

“It has defiantly been a Journey for myself and the actors” director Gabi Harding said. “I fell in love with the characters, and their stories from the first time I read the play, so directing it seemed like the next step. It also helps when I have the most dedicated and talented cast and crew behind me”

Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches plays at Wollongong Workshop Theatre from the 5th to 20th October 2018; Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $25 adult, $20 concession.

Saturday the 13th October is a fundraising night for ACON where all tickets are $30 and $5 from each ticket will be donated.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 0431 875 721 or by heading to the website: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/wollongong-workshop-theatre-16376967882