Tony Kushner's "Angels in America"

Resource Kit by
Debra Caplan

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Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes is an iconic, two-part play that many scholars and critics consider one of the most important American plays of the twentieth century. Its two parts, Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, earned the 1993 and 1994 Tony Awards for Best Play, and Millennium Approaches received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Angels in America includes many Jewish characters and themes, including the relationship of Jewish identity to queer identity, the place of Judaism and other religious traditions in modern life, and a modern take on biblical topics like Jacob wrestling with the Angel. This kit provides resources to help teachers tell the story of this play and its depiction of and relationship to American Jewry.

Cover image: Cover of the 2013 revised edition of the play, published by the Theatre Communications Group.