Stage and Screen kicking off season with ‘Angels in America’

The School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University will present “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tony Kushner, to kick off the school’s Mainstage theatre season for 2017-18.

Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, through Saturday, Sept. 23, at WCU’s Hoey Auditorium.

The fantastical drama centers around the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and focuses on two couples – Harper and Joe, a Mormon husband and wife who are finding intimacy nearly impossible, and Louis and Prior, a gay couple who are trying to salvage their relationship after learning that Prior has contracted AIDS.

Kelly McCarty plays Harper Pitt while Briar Boggs plays Joe Pitt in the Pulitzer-winning “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches.”

“‘Angels in America’ is a funny, heartbreaking and eye-opening look at the cold realities of life in the gay community of 1980s America,” said Jayme McGhan, director of the School of Stage and Screen. “We are thrilled to produce this show in preparation for Mr. Tony Kushner’s visit to campus in the spring of 2018 as part of the WCU Spring Literary Festival.” Kusher, an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter who authored “Caroline or Change,” “Munich” and “Lincoln,” will be working with students from across the university, including visits to writing classes in the School of Stage and Screen, McGhan said.

The cast of WCU students includes Briar Boggs, Kelly McCarty, Benjamin Sears, Caleb Warren, Silas Waugh, Kelsey Willard, D.J. Williams, Jordyn Tracy and Marthaluz Velez. The play will be directed by Dustin Whitehead, WCU assistant professor of theatre arts, with other members of the production crew including Kacey Shepherd, stage manager; Brittney Hogan and Chris Price, assistant stage managers; McGhan, set designer; Ellie Carras, prop designer; Rien Schlecht, costume designer; Kyla Little, assistant costume designer; Michael Mauren, light designer; and Jonathan Partin, sound designer.

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for WCU faculty and staff, and seniors; and $10 for students. Students from the School of Stage and Screen will be admitted free of charge. Season tickets also are available.

For tickets or more information, call 828-227-2479 or visit the website bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.