In his introduction to the printed text of Angels in America, Tony Kushner intones, “It’s OK that the wires show, and maybe it’s good that they do, but the magic should at the same time be thoroughly amazing.” When OLT asked me if I would consider tackling this two-part behemoth as a staged reading, this turn of phrase became ingrained in my understanding of the play. The book-in-hand style of presentation, long a staple of professional workshops and readings, gives us an incredible opportunity to use our imaginations. By limiting staging, sets, and costumes, a trunk can become a bench, an actor can change characters just by changing a coat, and the real magic in this play, Tony Kushner’s writing, can jump to the forefront. This sketchbook version of Angels in America is half theatre, half radio, and ultimately a playground for the imagination. It’s OK that the scripts show, and maybe it’s good that they do, but at the same time, the actors and technicians who have worked with me to bring this experience to life have created something thoroughly amazing. Thank you for coming and please enjoy the show.
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