Theater Program Announces Auditions for Angels in America: Millenium Approaches

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Theater Program Announces Auditions for Angels in America: Millenium Approaches

Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:00pm

cover of Angels in America

“Angels in America: Millenium Approaches” is the first part of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning play.

The SUNY Sullivan Theater Program is proud to announce auditions for Angels in America: Millenium Approaches, by Tony Kushner.  The production is under the direction of Nick López, an adjunct professor of theater and speech at SUNY Sullivan.

Auditions are set for Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27, from 6 -9 pm in the Seelig Theater, located at 112 College Road in Loch Sheldrake, NY.  Those interested in auditioning should e-mail López for an appointment at nlopez@sunysullivan.edu. Drop-ins are also permitted. Callbacks will occur, if needed.

Actors will be asked to fill out an audition form, and if possible, to attach a resume and headshot. Additionally, attendees should bring their personal calendars or schedules to the auditions.  The audition will consist of reading sides from the play.  You may asked to read individually, but actors will most likely read with others.  Scripts are available and can be secured in advance by contacting López at nlopez@sunysullivan.edu. 

Rehearsals begin on February 28 and will be held Tuesdays through Fridays from 6-9 pm.  A rehearsal schedule will be developed based on the actors’ conflict schedules. Technical rehearsals are scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 5 – 11 pm, and Sunday, April 29 – from 10am – 10 pm. Performance dates are scheduled for May 3 – 13, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

The production is also looking for participants interested in serving as technical crew, stage management, designers, and musicians, and are invited attend the auditions to meet the director, or contact him via email.

A Synopsis of Angels in America

In the first part of Tony Kushner’s epic, set in 1980s New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Kohn; Ethel Rosenberg; a former drag queen who works as a nurse; and an angel.

Character Descriptions

Roy M. Cohn: Late 50s. Ambitious. Charming. Vicious. Based upon the real Roy Cohn. He doesn’t have long to live, and if you look close, you can tell.

Joseph Porter Pitt: Mid to late 30s. God-fearing middle-American purity in one straight-arrow package. Chief Clerk the Second Court of Appeals. A good man facing some difficult issues.

Harper Amaty Pitt: Mid to late 30s. Joe’s wife. Once the perfect match for him, she’s had too much time on her hands for too long and has drifted from who she used to be. “She is an agoraphobic with a valium addiction.”

Louis Ironson: Early 30s.A word processor in the same Court as Joe. He’s about to face some very hard decisions and he’d rather not.

Prior Walter: Mid-30s. Louis’ boyfriend. Quick witted, generous, and brave. “Occasionally works as a club designer or caterer, otherwise lives very modestly but with great style off a small trust fund.”

Hannah Porter Pitt: Late 50s-Early 60s. Joe’s mother, still residing in Utah. (NOTE: This actress will open the play as an elderly New York Rabbi. Dialect skill a must.)

Belize: Male, mid 30s. “A former drag queen and a former lover of Prior’s,” now a registered nurse. Formidable. Compassionate.

The Angel: Female. Age is unclear, but not older than early 50s and not younger than mid-30s. She must be physically strong and graceful.

Ensemble

Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz: An elderly orthodox Rabbi. He performs the funeral service for Louis’ grandmother in Act One of Millennium Approaches and gives him advice on his situation with Prior. Played by the actor playing Hannah.

Mr. Lies: One of Harper’s imaginary friends. A smooth talking agent for the International Order of Travel Agents. Played by the actor playing Belize.

Emily: A smart-mouthed nurse who attends to Prior. Played by the actor playing the Angel.

Henry: Roy Cohn’s doctor, who diagnoses him with AIDS. Played by the actor playing Hannah.

Martin Heller: A publicity agent to the Reagan Administration’s Justice Department and Roy’s toady. Played by the actor playing Harper.

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. Played by the actor playing Hannah.

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. Played by the actors playing Joe and Roy, respectively.

The Man in the Park: A gay prostitute Louis has sex with in Central Park. Played by the actor playing Prior.

Sister Ella Chapter: Hannah’s realtor friend who helps her sell her house. Played by the actor playing the Angel.

A Homeless Woman: A crazed homeless woman Hannah encounters when she arrives in New York. Played by the actor playing the Angel.

The Eskimo: An imaginary friend in Harper’s Antarctic hallucination. Played by the actor playing Joe.

Please contact Director López at nlopez@sunysullivan.edu with any questions.