Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

A Gay Fantasia on National Themes

by Tony Kushner

Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches

Part One of Tony Kushner’s sweeping set of epics, Millennium Approaches chronicles the intersecting stories of a cast of New York (and otherworldly) characters as they grapple with the AIDS epidemic, the social and political climate of the 1980s, and the approaching of the new millennium. As one of the characters, Harper, tells us: “everywhere, things are collapsing, lies surfacing, systems of defense giving way.” While Harper’s statement is about the world at large, it also rings true to the characters in the play as they face tumult in their own lives. In this atmosphere of uncertainty and decay, how, then, do we keep moving forward? 

Kushner has subtitled his play, A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, which we can see in its scope and breadth with examining queerness and the entity of “America” through a range of lenses, from suffering to sacredness. In its blending of fantastical with familiar, ruin with repair, and conservatism with change, Angels in America tells that we, even in the darkest of times, can find community and comfort.

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Performance Dates & Times

February 16, 2023 - 7:00pm

February 17, 2023 - 7:00pm

February 18, 2023 - 2:00pm


Crescent Underground

Venue Accessibility: 
Venue lobby is accessible via elevators located near both the Morse and Stiles dining halls. Upper seating is accessible via main venue entrance. Facilities and stage level seating are accessible via a ramp to the left of the main venue entrance.

Patron Information

This performance is open to asymptomatic patrons with an up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. Patrons should carry vaccination documentation and be prepared to show it if asked.

Yale-approved masks are required for all audience members.


Prior Walter
Louis Ironson
Harper Pitt
Roy Cohn
Hannah Pitt
The Angel

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