Once again, Theatre Coup d’Etat is rolling up their sleeves and shooting for the heart withTony Kushner’s award winning saga, Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer for drama, Angels in America is set in the 1980s against a backdrop of conservatism, sexual politics, and the discovery of an epidemic cutting a wide cloth though society. Both a love story and a political drama, centering on a group of inextricably connected people whose relationships are disintegrating as a generation falls prey to a culture of greed. Kushner’s dark, cynical humor captures the fragility of the human condition and his prophetic and sublime words pierce the heart and move you to tears. Angels in America was a turning point in history of classic American Playwright Literature and 20 years later is still considered a profound and moving theatrical event not to be missed.
Director Justin Kirkeberg (Candid Theatre Co.) will be taking the reigns and heading up a cast of Twin Cities brightest up and coming talent:
Steven Flamm – Roy Cohn
Peter Beard – Joe Pitt/Eskimo/Prior 2
Meagan Dowd – Harper/Martin
Brandon Caviness – Louis
James Napoleon Stone – Prior
Meri Golden – Hanna/Ethel Rosenberg
Michael Terrell Brown – Belize
Katherine Preble – Rabbi/The Angel/Emily
Alec Barniskis – Mr. Lies/Prior 1
Marty Moreno – Henry/Man in the Park
Laura Ann Lewis – Sister Ella Chapter
Believing that Theatre should give back to the community, Theatre Coup d’Etat has teamed up with one of the Twin Cities most prolific charitable organizations, The Aliveness Project, whose mission is “to encourage self-empowerment and provide direct services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Established in 1985, The Aliveness Project has been a beacon of hope by providing community resources and serving as an active leader in the HIV/AIDS community in the Twin Cities.
Theatre Coup d’Etat is committed to helping change the world by starting with their own community and will be donating 5% of all ticket sales to The Aliveness Project atwww.aliveness.org
Angels In America will be shown at two locations: at the Lowry Lab from July 12th – August 4th, located at 350 Saint Peter Street in downtown Saint Paul, then remounting at The Heart of the Beast from August 16th – 25th, located at 1500 East Lake Street in Minneapolis. Show times are at 8 p.m.Thursday through Saturday, General Admission ticket price is $20.
Sunday Matinees are at 2 p.m. with open ticket pricing of pay-what-you-can at the door.
All other shows and General Admission Tickets may be purchased online through www.brownpapertickets.com.
A Special Industry night will be Monday July 23rd, at 8 p.m., bring headshot and resume for half price ticket.
For additional information about Angels in America, visit www.theatrecoupdetat.com
Theatre Coup d’Etat was founded in 2011 by James Napoleon Stone and Peter Beard on the simple yet powerful belief that theater should impact, provoke, and not anesthetize. Theatre Coup d’Etat wipes the dust off classic favorites and shines them in a different light to inspire a new generation. They’ve begun to fill a need for the raw and gritty in the cities’ theater with “a ferocious production” (Twin Cities Planet) of Macbeth followed by an “impressively conceptualized and beautifully performed” (Gold Star Review) production of A Streetcar Named Desire.