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Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

Part One: Millennium Approaches
Part Two: Perestroika

By Tony Kushner
Directed by Tony Taccone
Main Season · Roda Theatre
April 17–July 22, 2018

Running times:
Part One—3 hours and 30 minutes, including two 15-minute intermissions
Part Two—3 hours and 40 minutes, including two 15-minute intermissions

Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece finally arrives at Berkeley Rep in its entirety—directed by artistic director Tony Taccone in his 20th anniversary season! First staged 26 years ago, and originally commissioned by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco while Taccone was serving as artistic director, this fierce and astounding two-part drama is at once an epic exploration of American politics, gay identity, and mythology, and a personal story of love and loyalty. In today’s sociopolitical climate, Kushner’s universal message of compassion and inclusion makes Angels in America as timely as ever.

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For Angels in America, all matinee performances begin at 1pm, and all evening performances begin at 7pm. Part Two has no Saturday matinee performances.

Creative team

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Tony Kushner · Playwright

Tony Kushner’s plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; the musical Caroline, or Change; and the opera A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck, both with composer Jeanine Tesori. He has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan and Mother Courage and Her Children, and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of Angels in America, and for Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln. His books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Tony Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, among other honors. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

Tony Taccone · Director

Tony is celebrating his 20th anniversary season. During Tony’s tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning nonprofit has earned a reputation as an international leader in innovative theatre. In those 20 years, Berkeley Rep has presented more than 70 world, American, and West Coast premieres and sent 23 shows to New York, two to London, and one to Hong Kong. Tony has staged more than 40 plays in Berkeley, including new work from Julia Cho, John Leguizamo, Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Itamar Moses, and Lemony Snicket. He directed two shows that transferred to London, Continental Divide and Tiny Kushner, and three that landed on Broadway: Bridge & Tunnel, Wishful Drinking, and Latin History for Morons. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, Tony served as artistic director of Eureka Theatre, which produced the American premieres of plays by Dario Fo, Caryl Churchill, and David Edgar before focusing on a new generation of American writers. While at the Eureka, Tony commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America and co-directed its world premiere. He has collaborated with Kushner on eight plays at Berkeley Rep, including Brundibar and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Tony’s regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Center Theatre Group, the Eureka Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Public Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. As a playwright, he debuted Ghost Light, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, Game On, written with Dan Hoyle, and It Can’t Happen Here, written with Bennett S. Cohen. In 2012, Tony received the Margo Jones Award for “demonstrating a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of playwriting, with a commitment to the living theatre.”

Takeshi Kata · Scenic Design

Takeshi designed The Last Tiger in Haiti at Berkeley Rep. Recent New York credits include Office Hour (The Public Theater), Man From Nebraska (Second Stage Theater), The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), Derren Brown: Secret (Atlantic Theater Company), Forever (New York Theatre Workshop), and Gloria (Vineyard Theatre). Regional work includes designs for the Alley Theatre, American Players Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, Ford’s Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Nashville Opera, Old Globe, Resident Ensemble Players, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Takeshi has won an Obie Award and has been nominated for Drama Desk, Barrymore, Connecticut Critics Circle, and Ovation Awards. He is an assistant professor at the USC School of Dramatic Arts and has an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Montana Blanco · Costume Design

Montana is returning to Berkeley Rep after having designed An Octoroon last season. His off-Broadway credits include The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World (Lucille Lortel nomination) and In the Blood (Signature Theatre); Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater); Ghost Light and War (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3); Red Speedo and Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop); The Last Match (Roundabout Theatre Company); Hamlet, Teenage Dick, and Pretty Hunger (The Public Theater); O, Earth (the Foundry Theatre); and Orange Julius (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Regional credits include The Bluest Eye (Guthrie Theater), War (Yale Repertory Theatre), Measure for Measure (Santa Cruz Shakespeare/California Shakespeare Theater), and Side Show and Our Country’s Good (Brown/Trinity Repertory Company). Upcoming: Is God Is and Fairview (Soho Rep), He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (Theatre for a New Audience), The House that will not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop), and Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Training: Yale School of Drama, MFA; Brown University, MA; Oberlin College, BA; Oberlin Conservatory of Music, BM. Visit montanaleviblanco.com.

Jennifer Schriever · Lighting Design

Jennifer is a lighting designer based in New York City. Her Broadway credits include Eclipsed and John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown (also filmed for HBO). Her off-Broadway credits include Bobbie Clearly and On the Exhale (Roundabout Theatre Company); The Amateurs (Vineyard Theatre); In the Body of the World (Manhattan Theatre Club); School Girls, or the African Mean Girls Play (MCC Theatre); Strange Interlude (Transport Group); …Discord (Primary Stages); Today is my Birthday (Page 73); The Moors (Playwrights Realm); Bright Half Life (Women’s Project); Eclipsed, ToasT, and A Second Chance (The Public Theater); Night is a Room (Signature Theatre Company); and Sunset Baby (Labyrinth Theater Company). Regionally, she has designed at Goodman Theatre, Center Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodspeed Opera House, Studio Theatre in DC, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, South Coast Repertory, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her opera credits include Die Fledermaus and Pearl Fishers (Metropolitan Opera); Faust, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and La Traviata (Mariinsky Theatre in Russia); and The Pearl Fishers (English National Opera in London). Jennifer is an adjunct professor at Purchase College. Visit jenschriever.com.

Jake Rodriguez · Sound Design

Jake is a sound designer and composer based in the San Francisco Bay Area who last worked with Berkeley Rep on the world premiere of Imaginary Comforts, or The Story of the Ghost of the Dead Rabbit. His regional credits include An Octoroon and the world premieres of X’s and O’s (A Football Love Story); Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright; Girlfriend; and Passing Strange at Berkeley Rep; The Christians at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Playwrights Horizons, and the Mark Taper Forum; the world premiere of A Thousand Splendid Suns at American Conservatory Theater and Theatre Calgary; Hamlet (2012) at California Shakespeare Theater; the world premieres of Bruja and Oedipus el Rey at Magic Theatre; and The Events at Shotgun Players. Jake is the recipient of a 2004 Princess Grace Award.

Alexander V. Nichols · Projection Design

Alexander returns to Berkeley Rep for his 33rd production. Broadway credits include Wishful Drinking, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Latin History For Morons, and off-Broadway productions of Los Big Names, Horizon, Bridge & Tunnel, Taking Over, Through the Night, In the Wake, In Masks Outrageous and Austere, and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me!. Regional theatre credits include designs for American Conservatory Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Dance credits include resident designer for Pennsylvania Ballet, Hartford Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. He was the lighting supervisor for American Ballet Theatre and has been the resident visual designer for the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company. His designs are in the repertory of San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, among others. Recent projects include Elizabeth Cree at Opera Philadelphia, Nixon in China at the LA Philharmonic, and Bluebeard’s Castle for the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.

Andre Pluess · Composer

Andre has worked with Berkeley Rep on numerous shows: after the quake, The Arabian Nights, Argonautika, Blue Door, Ghost Light, Honour, Metamorphoses, The Secret in the Wings, Treasure Island, and The White Snake. His Broadway credits include 33 Variations, The Clean House, I Am My Own Wife, and Metamorphoses. His other credits include many productions for About Face Company (artistic associate), Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company (artistic associate), Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theater (resident designer), and other Chicago and regional theatres. His more recent projects include Cymbeline at the Shakespeare Theatre, Equivocation at Arena Stage, Ghost Light and The Merchant of Venice at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Macbeth and Titus Andronicus at California Shakespeare Theater (where he is an artistic associate), Palomino at Center Theatre Group, Sex with Strangers at Steppenwolf, and Stage Kiss at the Goodman, as well as the score for the film The Business of Being Born. Andre received a Barrymore Award, a Drama Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk and Lortel nominations, multiple Joseph Jefferson Awards and Citations, and an LA Ovation Award for composition and sound design.

U. Jonathan Toppo · Fight Director

Jonathan’s New York credits include Sweat (on Broadway at Studio 54 and also at The Public Theater), for which he received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Fight Choreography. His regional credits include Pericles at the Guthrie Theater, Mojada at Portland Center Stage, Pirates of Penzance at Portland Opera, and All the Way at Seattle Repertory Theatre. He has been the resident fight director at Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2007, where he has worked on Julius Caesar; Shakespeare in Love; Hamlet; Richard II; Guys and Dolls; Fingersmith; The Happiest Song Plays Last; The Comedy of Errors; Water by the Spoonful; Richard III; Into the Woods; The Taming of the Shrew; A Streetcar Named Desire; King Lear; The Unfortunates; The Liquid Plain; Cymbeline; Romeo and Juliet; Animal Crackers; All the Way; Henry V; August: Osage County; Henry IV, Part Two; The Pirates of Penzance; To Kill a Mockingbird; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Ruined; and Henry IV, Part One.

Amy Potozkin, CSA · Casting

This is Amy’s 28th season at Berkeley Rep. Through the years she has also had the pleasure of casting plays for ACT (Seattle), Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Marin Theatre Company, the Marsh, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Social Impact Productions Inc., and Traveling Jewish Theatre. Amy cast roles for various independent films, including Conceiving Ada, starring Tilda Swinton; Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes, both by Josh Kornbluth; and Beyond Redemption by Britta Sjogren. Amy received her MFA from Brandeis University, where she was also an artist in residence. She has been an audition coach to hundreds of actors and a presentation/communication coach to many businesspeople. Amy taught acting at Mills College and audition technique at Berkeley Rep’s School of Theatre, and has led workshops at numerous other venues in the Bay Area. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, she was an intern at Playwrights Horizons in New York. Amy is a member of CSA, the Casting Society of America, and was nominated for Artios Awards for Excellence in Casting for The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures; One Man, Two Guvnors; and An Octoroon.

Tara Rubin Casting, CSA · Casting

Tara Rubin Casting’s most recent Berkeley Rep credits are Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations and Macbeth. Selected Broadway credits include Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Heiress, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, and The Phantom of the Opera. Off-Broadway credits include The Band’s Visit; Here Lies Love; and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Regional credits include Yale Repertory Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, the Old Globe, and Asolo Rep.

Sarah Rose Leonard · Production Dramaturg

Sarah Rose is the literary manager at Berkeley Rep. Before returning to the Bay Area, where she grew up, she was the literary associate at Signature Theatre in New York City. In New York she held positions as the associate agent at AO International, Next Generation Fellow at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, literary resident at Playwrights Horizons, and literary associate at Page 73. She has dramaturged productions of Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations (Berkeley Rep); Iron Shoes (Shotgun Players); A Tale of Autumn and You For Me For You (Crowded Fire); A Particle of Dread, Kung Fu, Big Love, and The Wayside Motor Inn (Signature Theatre); and The Hotel Colors (the Bushwick Starr). Sarah Rose has workshopped new plays with Martyna Majok, Kate E. Ryan, and Mia Chung at The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep’s Center for the Creation and Development of New Work.

Jeremy Chernick · Special Effects Design

Jeremy Chernick and his associate Lillis Meeh have partnered on special effect design for more than five years and on many productions. Together they have dumped blood, smoke, snow, freight, and fun onto shows all over the globe. Highlights include American Psycho on Broadway, Rocky The Musical on Broadway, Let the Right One In for the National Theatre of Scotland, Guards of the Taj for the Atlantic Theater Company, A Christmas Carol for the McCarter Theatre, and Punk Rock, as well as multiple productions with MCC Theater, the New Group, Lincoln Center Festival, and Signature Theatre.

Michael Suenkel · Production Stage Manager

Michael began his association with Berkeley Rep as the stage management intern for the 1984–85 season and is now in his 24th year as production stage manager. For Mr. Kushner and Mr. Taccone, he stage managed Hydriotaphia, Slavs!, Homebody/Kabul, Brundibar, and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Among his favorite shows at Berkeley Rep are Execution of Justice, Endgame, Pentecost, The Composer is Dead, and Taking Over.

Leslie M. Radin · Assistant Stage Manager

Leslie is very pleased to be back at Berkeley Rep after most recently stage managing An Octoroon, Aubergine, Head of Passes, and Troublemaker, or The Freakin Kick-A Adventures of Bradley Boatright. She started at Berkeley Rep as the stage management intern in 2003 and has also worked at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theater, Center Repertory Company, and Santa Cruz Shakespeare. She has traveled with Berkeley Rep productions to the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the New Victory Theater in New York. Her favorite past productions include Aubergine, Wittenberg, Sisters Matsumoto, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), Passing Strange, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and The Secret in the Wings.

Additional credits

Bray Poor · Sound Design
Flying By Foy · Flying
Will Detlefsen · Associate Director
Madeleine Oldham · Associate Sound Designer
Lillis Meeh · Associate Special Effects Designer
Se Oh · Assistant Scenic Designer
Jessica Berman · Dialect Coach
Amy Bobeda · Hair & Makeup Designer

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Danny Binstock · Joseph Porter Pitt / Prior 1 / The Eskimo / The Father

Danny is making his Berkeley Rep debut. He recently starred in the world premiere of The Man in the Ceiling (Bay Street Theatre) based on Jules Feiffer’s book. His New York credits include the Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Bones in the Basket for the Araca Group’s off-Broadway festival. He performed in director Ivo Van Hove’s production of A View from the Bridge (Ahmanson Theatre, Kennedy Center). His recent regional credits include The Music Man (Guthrie Theater), The Imaginary Invalid (Fisher Center at Bard), The Last Match (City Theatre), Pop! (Yale Repertory Theatre), The May Queen (Geva Theatre), Assassins (PlayMakers Rep), and Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Theatre Company). On television, Danny has appeared on The Blacklist (NBC) and Codes of Conduct (HBO). His films include A Good Marriage, Good Friday, and No Pay, Nudity. Danny is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama MFA program and earned his BFA from the University of Michigan.

Danny Binstock

Francesca Faridany · The Angel and others

The Angel / Emily, A Nurse / Sister Ella Chapter / A Homeless Woman / Mormon Mother

Francesca played the title role in her own adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Fräulein Else at Berkeley Rep (also Sundance Theatre Lab, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, and McCarter Theatre Center). Her Broadway credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Macbeth, Man and Boy, The 39 Steps, and The Homecoming. Her off-Broadway credits include This Day Forward, The NY Idea, Orlando, and The Stronger. Francesca received the 2013 Helen Hayes Best Actress Award for Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre, DC). Other highlights include Julia in Albee’s A Delicate Balance (McCarter Theatre), Narrator in the Sitwell/Walton Façade (Caramoor Music Festival), Cassandra in Agamemnon opposite Tyne Daly (Getty Villa), and the many productions with director Stephen Wadsworth, including As You Like It, The Oresteia, Don Juan, Design for Living, An Ideal Husband, Changes of Heart, and The Game of Love and Chance. Her film credits include Black Panther, Love After Love, The Audition, and Conceiving Ada. She voiced Lady Macbeth and Titania for the WordPlay Shakespeare series, and her radio credits include Quartermain’s Terms (BBC). She appeared on TV in Homeland, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, True Crime: Menendez, Falling Water, E.R., and Deadline. Francesca trained in London at The Drama Centre.

Francesca Faridany

Randy Harrison · Prior Walter / The Man in the Park

Randy is making his Berkeley Rep debut. His New York credits include Wicked (Broadway), Harbor (Primary Stages), Edward the Second (Red Bull Theater), Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for a New Audience), and The Singing Forest (The Public Theater). He toured nationally as the Emcee in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Cabaret. His recent regional credits include Sunday in the Park with George and The Glass Menagerie at Guthrie Theater, Red at Cleveland Playhouse, The Habit of Art at Studio Theatre in DC, Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Pop! at Yale Repertory Theatre, and six seasons at Berkshire Theatre Festival (Equus, Amadeus, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Ghosts, Waiting for Godot, and The Who’s Tommy). Randy’s TV credits include Mr. Robot, Bang Bang You’re Dead, and Queer as Folk. He made his directorial debut with the web series New York is Dead, which won best comedy at the New York Television Festival and is available on Funny or Die.

Randy Harrison

Benjamin T. Ismail · Louis Ironson

Benjamin is thrilled to be making his official Berkeley Rep debut with Angels in America, though he did appear for a week as an understudy in 2015’s Tartuffe. Select regional credits include The Invisible Hand (American Stage Theatre Company); Disgraced, Speech & Debate, Tribes, and The Santaland Diaries (Capital Stage); Peter Pan and The Secret Garden (Playhouse on the Square); Cloud 9, The Pillowman, The Submission, and Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Big Idea Theatre); and The Mystery of Irma Vep and Cinderella (Sacramento Theatre Company). He comes to Berkeley Rep directly from his residency at American Stage in St. Petersburg, FL, where he directed, acted, and designed several shows in 2017. He is former artistic director of Big Idea Theatre in Sacramento and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

Benjamin T. Ismail

Bethany Jillard · Harper Amaty Pitt / Martin Heller

Bethany is thrilled to be making her debut with Berkeley Rep. As a company member with the Stratford Festival of Canada for five seasons, her credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Beaux’ Stratagem, Othello, The Three Musketeers, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, The Little Years, Dangerous Liaisons, and Peter Pan. Regional credits include Disgraced (Cincinnati Playhouse); Othello (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); The Seagull, Gone with the Wind (world premiere), and After Miss Julie (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); How It Works, The Little Years, and Cake and Dirt (Tarragon Theatre); My Name Is Rachel Corrie (Theatre PANIK); A Man of No Importance (Musical Stage Co.); That Face (Nightwood/Canadian Stage); and Tough! (Factory Theatre). Her film and television credits include If I Were You with Marcia Gay Harden (Paragraph), Murdoch Mysteries (Shaftesbury), Bloodletting… (TMN), Rookie Blue (ABC), and I Love You… But I Lied (Lifetime). She is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training.

Bethany Jillard

Lisa Ramirez · The Angel and others

The Angel / Emily, A Nurse / Sister Ella Chapter / A Homeless Woman / Mormon Mother

Lisa is a nationally produced playwright and actor who has performed with numerous Bay Area theatres, including Ubuntu Theater Project, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Theatre, Crowded Fire, and Campo Santo. In New York Lisa has performed at the Atlantic Theater Company, the Cherry Lane Theatre, Working Theater, 3-Legged Dog, Intar, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, and New York Theatre Workshop. Lisa’s first play, Exit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland) was first presented off Broadway by the Working Theater and toured in various theatres throughout the U.S. and Europe. Other writing credits include To the Bone, Art Of Memory, Invisible Women-Rise, All Fall Down, Pas De Deux (lost my shoe), and Down Here Below.

Lisa Ramirez

Carmen Roman · Hannah Pitt and others

Hannah Pitt / Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz / Henry / Ethel Rosenberg / Aleksii Antedilluvianovich Prelapsarianov

Carmen understudied the national tour of Angels in America 24 years ago. Her off-Broadway credits include The Iphigenia Cycle (Theater for a New Audience from Court Theatre in Chicago) and The Mysteries (Classic Stage Company). Regionally she performed in Native Son at Yale Repertory Theatre; The Audience at TimeLine Theatre; Wit, Black Snow, and Brutality of Fact (Goodman Theatre); Side Man (Steppenwolf Theatre); The Price (Syracuse Stage and Geva Theatre Center); The Importance of Being Earnest (Center Stage in Baltimore); and Sonia Flew (Huntington Theatre). Film and TV credits include Chicago P.D. (Susan Williams), Betrayal (Connie Mrozek), Boss (Dr. Gabriella Reyes, recurring), Law & Order (Judge Einhorn, recurring), Law & Order: SVU and Criminal Intent, and Savages. She is a company member of American Blues Theater, Chicago. Carmen was a 2002 Fox Fellow, and received the Sarah Siddons Award, Florence Herscher Award, and Joseph Jefferson Awards for Master Class and Wit.

Carmen Roman

Stephen Spinella · Roy M. Cohn / Prior 2

Stephen won two Tony Awards and two Drama Desk Awards for the original Broadway productions of Tony Kushner’s epic Angels in America plays, which marked his Broadway debut. He has since starred on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening; revivals of A View from the Bridge, Electra, and Our Town (with Paul Newman); and James Joyce’s The Dead, for which he won a third Drama Desk Award, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award, and was again a Tony nominee. His most recent Broadway credit is The Velocity of Autumn, co-starring Estelle Parsons. Off Broadway Stephen won an Obie for Love! Valour! Compassion! He also appeared in An Iliad (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), alongside Meryl Streep in The Seagull directed by Mike Nichols, and in Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Among his feature film credits: Alfonso Cuarón’s Great Expectations, Tim Robbins’ The Cradle Will Rock, Gus Van Sant’s award-winning Milk, Quentin Dupieux’s cult hit Rubber, and Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. He will appear this fall in Can you ever forgive me? starring Melissa McCarthy. Stephen has guest-starred on Will and Grace, Frasier, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, and Alias. He’s had recurring roles on The Education of Max Bickford, 24, Desperate Housewives, Royal Pains, and Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick.

Stephen Spinella

Caldwell Tidicue · Belize / Mr. Lies

Caldwell, popularly known as Bob the Drag Queen, is the winner of the Emmy Award-winning reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8. His standup special, Suspiciously Large Woman, premiered on LOGO TV this past summer. Film credits include Rough Night, Cherry Pop, Words—a Documentary, and Straight Outta Oz. Television credits include HBO’s High Maintenance and Playing House. Caldwell is currently working on a documentary titled A Queen for the People. Visit BobTheDragQueen.com. #PurseFirst

Caldwell Tidicue

The cast and stage managers are members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

The long-awaited Angels in America homecoming revival has landed at Berkeley Rep and it’s a revelation. Tony Taccone’s revival is magnificent in its urgency, clarity and almost therapeutic power in the Trump era…As with any truly sublime piece of art, Angels exhilarates and exhausts, thrusting you back upon yourself to discover your own truths…The Tony-winning [Stephen] Spinella makes a gobsmacking [Roy] Cohn, a monster who sucks people in with his animal charm. The sheer breathless audacity of this Cohn, alternately seducing and brutalizing his prey, is endlessly fascinating in the age of #MeToo…This is a primal ritual so intense it stays with you long past the final curtain. You can see each part separately but the marathon is incomparable…Kushner dares you to dive deep into the world of the play and leave the theater feeling all kinds of woke, forged within a community of believers in art. In a society that venerates the instant over the insightful, a culture that would rather post than ponder, Angels feels like quite a miracle.”

Mercury News / Bay Area News Group

The outstanding feature of Tony Taccone’s production at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre is the way all elements of the staging are superbly harmonized to serve the storytelling…Taccone’s integrative production respects the characters too much to convert their stories into shoulder-tapping editorials…The fictional universe Kushner constructs already speaks so directly to eternal American contradictions and conundrums that no topical updating is required…It is no backhand compliment to say that the modesty of the acting is one the production’s signal virtues. Not that there’s any lack of vivid color or sparkling humor. [Randy] Harrison’s Prior losing himself in Norma Desmond drag as a refuge from the horror of a body erupting in opportunistic infections is a courageous sight to behold. (Kudos to costume designer Montana Blanco.) The abject way [Stephen] Spinella’s satanic Roy tempts Joe Pitt (Danny Binstock), his closeted Mormon lawyer acolyte, with a career-making opportunity in Washington is cringingly unforgettable. And when [Caldwell] Tidicue’s Belize raises an ironic eyebrow at some spouted hypocrisy by Louis (Benjamin T. Ismail), Prior’s politically progressive, emotionally regressive lover, the floodgates of laughter are open. But it’s the quiet honesty of the company that repays our investment in this marathon drama…The overwhelming feeling this smart, rigorous and deeply stirring production of Angels in America left me with is gratitude. Gratitude for a play that grapples so complexly with contemporary America. Gratitude that this “Gay Fantasia on National Themes” still lives up to its audacious subtitle. And gratitude that a playwright of genius had the imaginative scope to create a theatrical world that artists and audiences can enter for an extended period to rediscover care, compassion and mutual responsibility as fundamental democratic values always in need of defending.”

Los Angeles Times

The play’s staggering genius is on full display in Taccone’s marvelous production, as is Kushner’s prescience (Russia, Republican politics, the environmental crisis)…Carmen Roman is spectacular in every role, as is Francesca Faridany as the imperious angel…Stephen Spinella is playing the nightmare known as Roy Cohn, and he is ferociously good. He’s dangerously charismatic and funny and just as dangerously full of fight and venom. To watch his scenes with Roman as Ethel Rosenberg is to feel a most curious (and soul satisfying) twist in karmic retribution…It is truly astonishing how much life there is in Angels in America, past, present and indeterminate future. The whole thing leaves you somewhat stunned and more than a little revitalized. It engages the heart and the mind in equal measure and makes you work to feel part of a community not just with the performers and characters but with all the artists involved and the audience members surrounding you. That’s a profound thing, but perhaps not all that surprising. Angels in America, to paraphrase Kushner himself, pulses to the ‘tick of the infinite.’”

Theater Dogs

For theatergoers, [Angels in America] is high on most bucket lists of ‘must sees,’ and a long-anticipated revival currently at Berkeley Rep, under the direction of longtime Tony Kushner champion Tony Taccone, does not disappoint…Many of the conversations feel like the ones you’ll overhear today in urban coffee shops across the United States, from real talk about race relations and white privilege to support for Palestinians to a gay man’s questioning whether or not their “girl talk” is an act of misogyny. It speaks strongly to Kushner’s ability to read between the lines of American vernacular history in order to have created this instantly recognizable and resonant world that stands the test of time, angels and all…If you were wondering where your next binge-watch might come from, wonder no more.”

KQED Arts

It’s an emotionally satisfying play because of, and not despite, its length. Tony Taccone…has done a masterful job…”

SF Weekly

Leaping manBerkeley Rep revives Angels in America, in all its soaring spirit…In a way that American drama has not since equaled, Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning script combines a joyful imagination, linguistic wizardry, mischievous theatricality, vertiginous intellect, daring yet self-aware politics and all-encompassing heart.”

San Francisco Chronicle

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Official trailer: Angels in America

Get a sneak peek at Tony Kushner’s epic masterpiece, and see why critics call director Tony Taccone’s revival “magnificent” and “a revelation!”

Behind the scenes: Stephen Spinella

Stephen Spinella has a unique perspective on how Tony Kushner’s Angels in America might resonate with the young LGBTQ community today.

Behind the scenes: Randy Harrison

Randy Harrison talks about what Tony Kushner’s Angels in America has taught him and why he thinks today’s young LGBTQ people should see the play.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt

See the quilt arrive at Berkeley Rep for the run of Angels in America and hear from AIDS Memorial Quilt volunteer Kelly Rivera Hart.

Behind the scenes: Tony Taccone

Director Tony Taccone talks about the genesis of Angels in America and why Tony Kushner’s masterpiece is still so relevant today.

Behind the scenes: Meet Stephen Spinella

Meet Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella and hear what it’s like to perform in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America again, after having been part of its original Broadway premiere.

Behind the scenes: Meet Randy Harrison

Meet Randy Harrison and hear his thoughts about his character, Prior Walter, in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.

Behind the scenes: Photo shoot

Go behind the scenes of the Angels in America cast photo shoot!

Behind the scenes: Meet and greet

Director Tony Taccone introduces Angels in America at the staff meet and greet on the first day of rehearsals.

Listen up

REPISODES: The Berkeley Rep Podcast presents a series of conversations with artists, experts, and activists on themes inspired by Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud to keep up with the whole series. New episodes each week!

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Docent events

Pre-show docent talks

Meet us in the Theatre an hour before the show on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 30-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.

Interested in becoming a docent? Click here for details. For more information about Berkeley Rep’s docent program, please email docent@berkeleyrep.org.

Visit the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Berkeley Rep is honored to host two sections of the AIDS Memorial Quilt during the run of Angels in America. The quilt is located in the Helen C. Barber Lobby on the second floor of the Roda Theatre, and can be viewed on performance dates. Click here to see a video.

A ticket for Angels in America is not required to view the quilt.

Spin the world forward

Share Angels in America with our community

In an effort to share Angels in America’s message of hope and inclusion with a broader audience, we’re distributing thousands of free and deeply discounted Angels in America tickets to individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and young people from around the Bay Area. You can help bring the unforgettable experience of seeing Angels in America to these new theatregoers by making a gift today. And thanks to a generous dollar-for-dollar challenge match from Angels in America Advisory Council member Michael Kossman you can double the impact of your gift. Find out more and make your gift today.

The Limits of Tolerance: Live Panel on AIDS Activism Then and Now

How did political pressure contribute to halting the epidemic? What difference did legislation make? Where is AIDS research and support today? What can the response to the AIDS crisis teach us about creating social change? Panelists include activists Ken Jones, Mike Shriver, Matthew Coles, and Matt Sharp, and will be moderated by Kate Kendell, executive director of National Center for Lesbian Rights.

  • Monday, June 4, 2018 · 8pm
    Peet’s Theatre

This event is free and no reservations are required.

Angelology: A Live Panel on Millenarianism

The panel will explore the questions “Why do angels appear to people? What forecasts the end of the world?” through Jewish and Mormon lenses. Panelists include religious experts Daniel Matt, Naomi Seidman, Kathryn Pritchett, and MJ Pritchett, and the conversation will be moderated by Bob Rees, director of Mormon studies at the Graduate Theological Union. This event is co-produced by the Graduate Theological Union.

  • Monday, May 14, 2018 · 6:30pm
    Peet’s Theatre

This event is free and no reservations are required.

Page to Stage

Every season, Berkeley Rep hosts Page to Stage, a series of free discussions with eminent theatre artists, designed to give audiences additional insight into the plays and playwrights produced at Berkeley Rep. Past programs have featured theatre luminaries such as Mira Nair, Mary Zimmerman, Tony Kushner, and Emma Rice.

  • Monday, May 7, 2018 · 8pm
    Roda Theatre
    Writers Isaac Butler and Dan Kois of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of “Angels in America” join director Tony Taccone and Stephen Spinella, two-time Tony Award winner for his role as Prior in the original Broadway production, to discuss the making of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America followed by a reading from the book.

The event begins at 8pm and runs about 75 minutes. The lobby opens at 7pm, and doors to the Theatre open at 7:30pm. Berkeley Rep donors at the Contributor level or higher ($150+) enjoy preferred seating. For more information about Page to Stage or how to become a donor, call 510 647–2906.

The Impact of Angels in America on LGBTQ Literature

Berkeley Rep partners with the Bay Area Book Festival to present a panel discussion about how Angels in America impacted LGBTQ literature. The panel will be moderated by Berkeley Rep’s Literary Manager and Angels in America Production Dramaturg Sarah Rose Leonard.

  • Sunday, April 29, 2018 · 11:45am–1pm
    Berkeley Rep School of Theatre

Teen Night

Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 (Part One)
  • Friday, April 27, 2018 (Part Two)

Teen Night begins at 5:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Tickets are $10. Learn more. To reserve your space, call Teen Council at 510 647–2984 or email teencouncil@berkeleyrep.org.

Plan your Angels in America Marathon Day!

Part One begins at 1pm, and Part Two begins at 7pm. Each part runs approximately 3.5 hours, including two 15-minute intermissions.

Check out offerings from our in-kind sponsors and other establishments all within walking distance of the Theatre.

Hours of operation for Saturdays. Check individual websites for weekday and Sunday hours.

Before…Fuel up for your marathon!

Jazzcafe
Open 11am–8:30pm
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
2087 Addison Street (near Shattuck)
510 883–0231

La Note
Open 8:30am–3pm (breakfast hours)
Ticket holders get 10% off (excluding Valentine’s Day and bank holidays); same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
2377 Shattuck Avenue (near Durant)
510 843–1535

PIQ
Open 8:30am–9:30pm
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented.
91 Shattuck Avenue (at Addison)
510 540–7700

Venus Restaurant
Open 8am–2:15pm (breakfast hours)
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
2327 Shattuck Avenue (near Bancroft)
510 540–5950

Between…Grab an early dinner before heading back to the show!

Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen
Open 11:30am–10pm
Ticket holders get a complimentary order of beignets with proof of same-day tickets (limit one order per table).
2261 Shattuck Avenue (at Kittredge)
510 548–6900

Eureka!
Open 11am–1am
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity; cannot be applied to happy hour offers.
2068 Center Street (near Shattuck)
510 809–8282

FIVE at Hotel Shattuck Plaza
Open 5:30pm–10pm
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
2086 Allston Way (at Shattuck)
510 225–6034

Gather
Open 5pm–10pm
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
2200 Oxford Street (at Allston)
510 809–0400

Lucia’s of Berkeley
Open 5pm–10:30pm
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity; cannot be applied to happy hour offers.
2016 Shattuck Avenue (near Addison)
510 225–9467

Platano Salvadoran Cuisine
Open 11:30am–10pm
Ticket holders get 15% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
2042 University Avenue (near Shattuck)
510 704–0325

Suya African-Caribbean Grill
Open noon–9pm
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
2130 Oxford Street (near Center)
510 981–8028

After…Discuss the show over a drink or a late-night meal!

Almare Gelato
Open until midnight
Ticket holders get $1 off an order of gelato with proof of same-day ticket.
2170 Shattuck Avenue (near Center)
510 649–1888

Au Coquelet
Open until 1:30am
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes tax and gratuity.
2000 University Avenue (at Milvia)
510 845–0433

Bobby G’s Pizzeria
Open until 2am
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity.
2072 University Avenue (near Shattuck)
510 665–8866

East Bay Spice Company
Open until midnight
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes tax and gratuity.
2134 Oxford Street (near Center)
510 845–4427

Gio’s Pizza & Bocce
Open until midnight
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes tax and gratuity.
2420 Shattuck Avenue (near Haste)
510 647–9963

Triple Rock Brewery
Open until 1am
Ticket holders get 10% off; same-day tickets must be presented; excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuity; cannot be applied to happy hour offers.
1920 Shattuck Avenue (near Hearst)
510 843–2739

 

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