TITLE: ANGELS IN AMERICA PART ONE: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES
AUTHOR: Tony Kushner
DIRECTOR: Ryan Holihan
RUN: April 25 – May 23, 2020
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm, Sundays at 2pm. Special performances on Thursday and Sunday nights may be added for private parties and special events.
This is a community theater production. Non-Equity. There is no pay.
Dates: Monday, February 24 & Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Times: 7pm – 9pm
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Date and Time: Wednesday, February 26, 7pm – 10pm, by invitation only.
First Read-Through: Saturday, February 29 at Noon.
Regular Rehearsal: Mondays – Thursdays from 7pm to 10pm and Saturdays 11am to 3pm, and one Sunday, 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
Location: Long Beach Playhouse
Bring headshot and resume. Sides for cold readings will be provided at the auditions. Must be 18 or older to audition. The roles of Prior, Joseph (in Part Two), and Harper (in Part Two) will require nudity.
All nudity during the show, rehearsals, and auditions will be handled under strict guidelines. Please take note that while this is not an Equity production, we will be following guidelines taken from the Equity Rules.
At the Callbacks, the top 2 or 3 contenders for each role requiring nudity should be prepared to disrobe as part of the audition process. The purpose of this is to gauge your willingness to be nude for the role and your comfort level.
No Actor will be asked to disrobe at the Callbacks, in whole or in part, until after they have been auditioned as an Actor.
No Actor will be asked to disrobe if they have indicated that they are not willing to perform nude on their audition form.
A full list of guidelines for nudity at callbacks and rehearsals will be posted in the actor waiting area.
Angels in America is a fantastic and sometimes surreal journey through the lives of two couples during the AIDS crisis in 1985-86. One couple is Louis, a Jewish word processor, and Prior Walter, a former drag queen who has AIDS. The other is Joe Pitt, a Mormon Republican and lawyer, and his wife, Harper. Another key player is the ethically questionable lawyer Roy Cohn, a dramatized version of the real person (Cohn was counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy during the “Communist witch-hunts” of the 1950’s.) Cohn is dying of AIDS and is in the process of being disbarred.
CASTING THE FOLLOWING ROLES (8 actors):
ROY M. COHN (M, 49) A successful New York lawyer and unofficial power broker. Actor also plays Prior Walter 2.
JOSEPH PORTER PITT (M, early 30’s) Mormon chief clerk for Justice Theodore Wilson of the Federal Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. Actor also plays Prior Walter 1 and Eskimo. (Role requires full nudity in Part Two: Perestroika, occurring next year.)
HARPER AMATY PITT (F, early 30’s) Joe’s Mormon wife, an agoraphobic with a mild Valium addiction. Actor also plays Martin. (Role requires full nudity in Part Two: Perestroika, occurring next year.)
LOUIS IRONSON (M, early 30’s) a Jewish word processor working for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
PRIOR WALTER (M, 31) Louis’s boyfriend. Occasionally works as a club designer or caterer, otherwise lives very modestly but with great style off a small trust fund. Actor also plays Man in Park. (Role requires full nudity.)
HANNAH PORTER PITT (F, mid to late 50’s) Joe’s Mormon mother, currently residing in Salt Lake City, living off her deceased husband’s army pension. Actor also plays Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz, Henry, and Ethel Rosenberg.
BELIZE (M, 30’s) An African-American registered nurse and former drag queen whose name was originally Norman Arriaga; Belize is a drag name that stuck. Actor also plays Mr. Lies.
EMILY (F, late 20’s to early 40’s) an Italian-American nurse. Actor also plays plays the Angel, The Voice, Sister Ella Chapter, and Homeless Woman.
NOTE: The Playhouse will produce the second part of ANGELS IN AMERICA: PERESTROIKA as the opener of their 2021 Studio Season at the same time next year. Actors cast in Part One may be invited back to participate in Part Two after the run of Part One.