Angels in America: Perestroika

A Senior Thesis in Theater Studies for Catherine Alam-Nist

by Tony Kushner

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Angels in America: Perestroika is the second half of Tony Kushner’s epic pair of plays. Set in the midst of the AIDS epidemic, Perestroika follows a cast of characters whose experiences vary vastly as pertains to race, class, gender, sexuality, religion (or lack thereof) and politics; however, all are united in being somehow on the precipice of drastic change in their lives, wanted or not. Both a continuation of Kushner’s first play, and very much an independent play in its own right, Perestroika is dinstinctive for its groundbreaking depiction of human life, migration, transience and movement as not only sacred in a select few settings (i.e., the church, shul, or synagogue), but as divine in and of itself; it also radically extends who is permitted to be depicted as holy onstage.

This production will aim to take this radical queering of sacredness onstage even further than prominent past stagings of the text have done, via exploring it from a distinctly trans and observantly Jewish perspective, examining the play’s themes of change, transience and trascendence through the lenses of these identities and communities. It also will explore experiences of divinity within these communities when experienced simultaneously with illness, which is a topic that feels all the more pertinent amid the COVID pandemic.

We strongly encourage queer, trans, gender minority, BIPOC, and Jewish people/people interested in the faith to audition. We also genuinely want first-time theatremakers on our production team and in our cast (like, we’re not just saying that); if you’ve never done theatre at Yale before, or at all, but are at all interested in the project, please feel encouraged to reach out to our producer ( or director ( with any and all questions — we can’t wait to hear from you!

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Performance Dates & Times

April 6, 2023 - 8:00pm

April 7, 2023 - 8:00pm

April 8, 2023 - 2:00pm

April 8, 2023 - 8:00pm


Theater and Performance Studies black box, 53 Wall Street

Venue Accessibility: 
Building is accessible via a ramp on the Church Street side. Venue and facilities are located on the main floor.


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Production Team

Stage Manager
Set Designer
Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Costume Designer
Costumes Team
Props Designer
Sound Engineer
Andrew Alam-Nist
Head Electrician
Makeup Artist