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The world only spins forward : the ascent of Angels in America

Author: Isaac Butler; Dan Kois
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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The oral history of Angels in America, as told by the artists who created it and the audiences forever changed by it--a moving account of the AIDS era, essential queer history, and an exuberant backstage tale.
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Named Person: Tony Kushner; Tony Kushner; Tony Kushner; Tony Kushner
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Isaac Butler; Dan Kois
ISBN: 9781635572988 1635572983
OCLC Number: 1042352426
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 449 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Act 1: 1978-1990. Bad news : The Reagan Revolution and the end of the world ; The great work begins : New York and San Francisco, 1980-1987 ; I like your cosmology, baby : AIDS, Roy Cohn, and Mormons ; Not-yet-conscious, forward dawning : developing the play in San Francisco and Los Angeles, 1987-1990 --
Act 2: 1991-1992. Heaven is a city much like San Francisco : Eureka Theatre Company, 1991 ; Interlude: Hannah Pitt ; Threshold of revelation : Royal National Theatre, London, 1992 ; Interlude: Roy Cohn ; Prepare the way : The Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1992 ; Interlude: Joe Pitt ; When I open my eyes, you'll be gone : getting fired from Angels in America --
Act 3: 1993-1994. Heaven ... : Millennium Approaches on Broadway, 1993 ; ... I'm in Heaven : Perestroika on Broadway and at the Royal National Theatre, London, 1993-1994 ; Interlude: Louis Ironson --
Act 4: 1994-2003. I'll show you America : the national tour, 1994-1995 ; Interlude: The angel ; It's a promised land, but what a disappointing promise : Angels and the culture wars ; Interlude: Belize ; Very Steven Spielberg : the Angels film, 1991-2003 --
Act 5: 1998-2018. It's what living things do : Angels transformed ; Interlude: Harper Pitt ; More life : Royal National Theatre, London, 2017 ; Interlude: Prior Walter ; The world only spins forward : the legacy of Angels.
Other Titles: Ascent of Angels in America
Responsibility: Isaac Butler and Dan Kois.

Abstract:

The oral history of Angels in America, as told by the artists who created it and the audiences forever changed by it--a moving account of the AIDS era, essential queer history, and an exuberant backstage tale.

When Tony Kushner's Angels in America hit Broadway in 1993, it won the Pulitzer Prize, swept the Tonys, and changed the way gay lives were represented in popular culture. Mike Nichols's 2003 HBO adaptation starring Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and Mary-Louise Parker was itself a tour de force, introducing the play to an even wider public. The World Only Spins Forward offers a riveting account of Angels in America through oral history: the vibrant conversation and debate of actors (including Streep, Parker, Nathan Lane, and Jeffrey Wright), directors, producers, crew, and Kushner himself. Their intimate storytelling reveals the on- and offstage turmoil of the play's birth, while historians and critics situate the play in the arc of American culture, from the staunch activism of the AIDS crisis through civil rights triumphs to our current era. Now updated with new interviews from backstage at the history-making Broadway revival that marked the play's twenty-fifth anniversary, The World Only Spins Forward is both a rollicking theatre saga and an uplifting testament to one of the great works of American art of the past century.

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