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University Theatre presents 'Angels in America' Feb 18-27

February 5, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- The University Theatre and Dowagiac Commercial Press are proud to present "Angels in America: Millenium Approaches," a shocking play that tackles politics, sex, and religion while shifting between the world of realism and fantasy. "Angels in America" plays in the Multiform Theatre, WMU Gilmore Theatre Complex, February 18-27. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (one half-hour earlier than usual) and on Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m.

Playwright Tony Kushner questions the values of a nation facing the tragedy of AIDS through the camp comedy of drag queens and the terrifying truth of a disease. "Angels in America: Millenium Approaches" is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award for Best Play, the Drama Critics Circle Award, and London's Evening Standard Award. The University Theatre production is dedicated to the memory of Dr. David P. Karsten, former Professor of Theatre, who died on December 1, 1998.

Dr. D. Terry Williams, Chairman of the Department of Theatre, directs a powerful cast that includes Joseph Dornoff, Michael Rashid, Eric Gutman, Jason Brouwer, April Jo Morin, Leonard Sullivan, Nancy Quasarano, Le-Anne Garland, Eric Davis, Erik Sisco, Crystal Templeton, and Jessica Miller. Also working to create this spectacular production are scenic designer Carrie Beth Mossman, costume designer Shana L. Albery, and guest lighting designer & Professor of Dance Wendy Cornish.

Special activities will also highlight "Angels in America" at the University Theatre. Panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display in the Atrium Lobby of the Gilmore Theatre Complex throughout the production. Also, on Sunday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. in the Multiform Theatre, a panel discussion entitled "Religion and Plague: Then and Now" will be held focusing on the issue of homosexuality and religion.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors & students, and $6 for students at the door. Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, call the Gilmore Theatre Ticket Office Monday through Friday, Noon to 6 p.m. at 616 387-6222. The First Nighter's Reception is sponsored by Blake's Diner. "Angels in America: Millenium Approaches" contains nudity and mature situations.

Media contact: Jeremy Thompson, 616 387-6222

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