"Angels in America" opens Feb. 21 at Backdoor Playhouse

“Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches,” the Tony Kushner play adapted into an award-winning HBO series, opens this month as the winter production of Tennessee Tech University’s Backdoor Playhouse.

Subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” this epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-‘80s, centers on a group of separate but connected individuals. The play focuses on themes of democracy, community and personal responsibility as it presents the stories of two troubled couples.

It earned three awards in 1993: the Tony Award for Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the Drama Desk Award for Best Broadway Play.

Directed by Mark Harry Creter and presented by TTU’s Center Stage series, in cooperation with the English and communications department, the show opens on campus at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Other performances are scheduled for Feb. 22, 23, 25, 26,29 and March 1 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 23 at 2 p.m.; and Feb. 28 at 10 p.m.

The audience is advised that “Angels in America” contains strong language, adult themes and sexually explicit material that may not be suitable for younger audiences.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 senior citizens and $5 for non-Tech students. Tech students get in free by showing their Eagle Card identification.

For further information, contact the Backdoor Playhouse box office at 372-6595 or go online to www.tntech.edu/bdph.

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