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Angels in America: Millennium Approaches

University of Oxford Student Company: Happier Year Productions

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A silhouette of a person stood in a doorway, they wear a hospital gown. Their shadow is cast onto the floor as they face into a harsh bright white light.
By Tony Kushner

“History is about to crack wide open.”

Prior Walter is a gay man with AIDS, experiencing visions from the heavens as he lies in his hospital bed. Harper Pitt is a neurotic Mormon housewife who is suffering from hallucinations. Their increasing disconnection from reality brings their confused partners, Louis and Joe, closer together. Tension builds, secrets abound, and sexuality is questioned in the pressure cooker that is an increasingly conservative and intolerant America.

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches is the iconic, Pulitzer Prize winning first half of Tony Kushner’s Gay Fantasia on National Themes, a complex exploration of homosexuality, love, and loss during the American AIDS epidemic of the 80s.

Content Warnings

This production contains depictions of AIDS, illness, mental illness, discussions of death, racism and anti-Semitism, homophobic and strong language, sexual content and references to drug abuse.

Further detail:

  • Prominent depiction of AIDS, terminal illness, hospitals and symptoms of illness
  • Emotional distress
  • Racism and discussions of racism
  • Discussions of anti-Semitism and mentions of the Holocaust
  • Religious content
  • Homophobic language
  • Depictions of mental illness
  • Frank discussion of death and dying
  • Sexual content and language
  • References to drug abuse