Angels in America Part 1: The Millennium Approaches
Information Night: Thursday, 11th October, 2018 7.00pm
Sunday 14th October, 2018 2:00pm – 6:00pm Location: The Woodbin Theatre
Tuesday 16th October, 2018 7:00pm – 11:00pm Location: The Woodbin Theatre
Auditionees will be given scripts on the day to read. No prior knowledge of the script will be required.
Character descriptions and requirements
Prior Walter – A gay man with AIDS. Throughout the play, he experiences various heavenly visions. When the play begins, he is dating Louis Ironson. His best friend is a nurse named Belize.
(Also plays – The Man In The Park)
Louis Ironson – Prior’s boyfriend. Unable to deal with Prior’s disease, he ultimately abandons him. He meets Joe Pitt and later begins a relationship with him.
Harper Pitt – An agoraphobic Mormon housewife with incessant Valium-induced hallucinations. After a revelation from Prior (whom she meets when his heavenly vision and her hallucination cross paths), she discovers that her husband is gay and struggles with it, considering it a betrayal of her marriage. (Also Plays Martin Heller)
Joe Pitt – Harper’s husband and a deeply closeted gay Mormon, clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, and friend of Roy Cohn. Joe eventually abandons his wife for a relationship with Louis. Throughout the play, he struggles with his sexual identity. (Also Plays Prior 1, The Eskimo)
Roy Cohn – A closeted gay lawyer, based on real life Roy Cohn. Just as in history, it is eventually revealed that he has contracted HIV and the disease has progressed to AIDS, which he insists is liver cancer to preserve his reputation. (Also Plays Prior 2)
Hannah Pitt – Joe’s mother. She moves to New York after her son drunkenly comes out to her on the phone. She arrives to find that Joe has abandoned his wife.
(Also Plays, Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz, Henry, Ethel Rosenberg)
Belize – A former drag queen, he is Prior’s ex-boyfriend and best friend. He later becomes Roy Cohn’s nurse. (Also Plays – Mr Lies)
The Angel/Voice – A messenger from Heaven who visits Prior and tells him he’s a prophet.
(Also Plays Emily, Sister Ella Chapter, A Homeless Woman)
Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz – An elderly orthodox Rabbi. He performs the funeral service for Louis’ grandmother and gives him advice on his situation with Prior.
Mr. Lies – One of Harper’s imaginary friends. A smooth talking agent for the International Order of Travel Agents.
Emily – A smart-mouthed nurse who attends to Prior.
Henry – Roy Cohn’s doctor, who diagnoses him with AIDS.
Martin Heller – A publicity agent to the Reagan Administration’s Justice Department and Roy’s toady.
Ethel Rosenberg – The ghost of a woman executed for being a Communist spy, based on the real life Ethel Rosenberg. She visits Roy, whom she blames for her conviction and execution.
Prior 1 and Prior 2 – The ghosts of two of Prior Walter’s ancestors. Prior 1 was a gloomy Yorkshire farmer from the 13th century while Prior 2 was a 17th-century British aristocrat. They both arrive to herald the Angel’s arrival.
The Man in the Park – A gay man Louis has an anonymous sexual encounter with in Central Park.
Sister Ella Chapter – Hannah’s realtor friend who helps her sell her house.
A Homeless Woman – A crazed homeless woman Hannah encounters when she arrives in New York.
The Eskimo – An imaginary friend in Harper’s Antarctic hallucination.
Angels in America is Tony Kushner’s two-part, seven-hour epic, which he describes as “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” In Part 1 the Millennium Approaches, we meet Louis and Prior and Harper and Joe, two couples whose relationships are on the rocks: the former because of Prior’s AIDS diagnosis and Louis’s inability to cope with illness, the latter because of Joe’s closeted homosexuality and Harper’s incessant fears and hallucinations, as well as her addiction to pain-killers. As we follow these couples’ trials, we come across a handful of other colourful characters, including Roy Cohn, a malevolent, secretly gay Republican lawyer, political power broker, and mentor of Joe’s who is dying of AIDS; Belize, Prior’s ex-lover and a former drag queen who is stuck in the middle of Prior and Louis’s failing relationship; Hannah, Joe’s straight-laced, no-nonsense Mormon mother from Salt Lake, and The Angel, a divine emanation who appears to Prior as a messenger of God to inform him that “The Great Work” is about to begin.
Suburb & state
Geelong West, Victoria 3218
To book an audition please email Ange Helman, Production Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Geelong Repertory Theatre Company