The Theatre School presents ‘Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika’
January 29, 2013
The Theatre School’s Showcase Series of Contemporary Plays and Classics presents “Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika,” written by Tony Kushner and directed by Jane Drake Brody. The production premieres on Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 17 at DePaul’s historic Merle Reskin Theatre, located at 60 E. Balbo Dr. at Michigan Ave.
In 1980s America, an angel of the apocalypse crashes through a ceiling and hovers over the bed of Prior Walter, a gay New Yorker with AIDS. This collision sets in motion the reintroduction of characters from part one of Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-part epic as their lives intersect during the Reagan era. Tragic and hilarious, “Perestroika” explores personal responsibility, the future of mankind, and the nature of God.
Jane Drake Brody, director, currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate acting at The Theatre School at DePaul. Formerly she was head of undergraduate performance at Louisiana State University, where she received several awards for undergraduate teaching. Jane entered academia after a long career as an actress, director, professional acting coach and casting director. Her many film and TV casting credits include the Oscar winner “Fargo,” for which she received the Casting Society of America's Best Location Casting Award. In addition to casting hundreds of TV commercials, she was responsible for casting Oprah Winfrey's TV series “Women of Brewster Place.”
The cast features Jack Ball (Prior Walter), Lauren Blakeman (Harper Pitt), Daniela Colucci (Hannah Pitt), David Giannini (Roy Cohn), Joe Keery (Joe Pitt), Matthew Sherrill (Louis Ironson), Rejinal Simon (Belize), and Alissa Walker (Angel).
The production staff includes Jane Drake Brody (Director), Tierra G. Novy (Scenic Design), Taylor S. Payne (Costume Design), Garvin Jellison (Lighting Design), Jenna Moran (Sound Design), Matthew Messina (Dramaturgy), and Emily Hitmar (Stage Management).
This show is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $15 and are available online or at (312)-922-0999. Seniors (over 60), DePaul employees and alumni and college students receive a discount with ID. Previews are free for any college student with ID. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (312) 922-1999.