Spring A&E Guide: ‘Angels’ returns to Charlotte

Play’s 1996 staging caused uproar from anti-gay leaders

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Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST) is planning on bringing the Pulitzer Prize- and two-time Tony Award-winning play “Angels in America” back to Charlotte. The performances are scheduled for May, including both parts of the epic saga documenting the HIV/AIDS Crisis of the 1980s.

The play was staged in Charlotte in 1996, resulting in an outcry from anti-LGBT religious leaders and elected officials. As a result, Mecklenburg County Commissioners stripped public arts funding in 1997.

The reaction likely won’t be as rabid this go around, but CAST hopes to use the upcoming performance to shine a light on the local LGBT community’s and Charlotte’s greater history.

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The performances will be staged May 7-31. Millennium Approaches (Part 1) will be presented Wednesdays and Fridays; Perestroika (Part 2) will be presented Thursdays and Saturdays. Ticket prices are $28, adult; $22, senior (60+); $18, student.

CAST also plans two back-to-back performances on May 18 and May 25. Dinner, served between the two parts, are included in the ticket price: $100, adult; $75, senior (60+); $50, student.

Directors are Thom Tonetti and Charles LaBorde.

Cast includes Paula Baldwin, JR Jones, Berry Newkirk, Bob Paolino, Joe Rux, Kindra Clyne Steenerson, Will Triplett and Robin Tynes.

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The creative team includes Dee Blackburn (stage design); Mike Snow (technical director); Sean Kimbro (sound design); Donald Devet (video director); and Alex Mauldin (composer).

For more information or tickets, visit nccast.com or call the box office at 704-968-9849. Group sales are available through the box office at at groupsales@nccast.com.

Additionally, for a bit of fun, check out the theatre’s “Angels in America” Twitter profile at twitter.com/AngelofAmerica. : :

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.