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"Angels in America" is a two-part play, with the first half named "Millennium" and the second titled "Perestroika." The playwright Tony Kushner noted in his staging notes: "The plays benefit from a pared-down style of presentation, with scenery kept to an evocative and informative minimum." Presenting "Millennium" in an online reader's theatre format certainly satisfies that recommendation.
Red Curtain's artistic director Scott Randall felt the story could effectively be told by talented actors in a COVID-limited setting, and his recruitment efforts netted an amazing cast who have been able to collaborate despite being physically located on opposite coasts.
Angels in America is a play about “othering,” that is, how members of minority groups are treated as “others” and stereotyped in certain ways. It's fitting that we should re-examine the issues brought about by an historic viral pandemic as we battle another viral outbreak that is being exacerbated by ideological divides and scapegoating.
"Angels in America" won Tony awards in 1993 and 1994, and received the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Drama Desk award. The 2018 revival production also won Tony awards, plus Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards.
Scott B Randall, Director
Community theatre depends on the good will of individuals and businesses in our community to survive and thrive. Many thanks to those who contributed to this production of "Angels in America"…
Nathan Lansing • Dawn Cornell • Robert Cudinski
Special thanks to Mike and Peggy Shaw for underwriting this production.
Produced by special permission of Broadway Play Publishers, NY
Garrison Whaley-Sharp (Louis) is living in a state of constant fear and isolation, trying desperately to ward off feelings of relentless, impending doom. On non-plague years, however, he is also an actor, writer, and singer, based in Everett, Washington and the greater Seattle area. This experimental performance of “Angels in America,” of which he is immensely proud, marks his third collaboration with the Red Curtain Foundation, having previously portrayed Death in “The Family Business” and Preacher Haggler in “Dark of the Moon.” When not acting, he can be seen and heard as the singer and lyricist for the punk band Communal 40, which he assures fans will one day resume playing shows. He would like to thank Scott for giving him this opportunity, as well as his friends, family, and eternally supportive girlfriend, Autumn. He dedicates this performance to his namesake, Gary, and the millions of others lost to AIDS.
Doug Fahl (Roy Cohn) is excited to explore this new medium of theater, the Zoom reading. Previous favorite shows include: Billy Elliot, Curious Incident..., and Beauty & the Beast (Village Theater); Cabaret, 9-to-5, and Tommy (SMT); The Fantasticks, Little Shop of Horrors and Bye Bye Birdie (Secondstory Rep); Into the Woods (Stage Right); Shipwrecked! (ArtsWest); and Great Gatsby (Seattle Rep). He was nominated for a Gregory Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Pride (Theatre22). Doug also operates a YouTube Channel and Facebook group for Actors called Augmented Actor.
Aaron Ussery (Joe Pitt) is an actor, director and playwright based out of the Pacific Northwest. Recent acting credits include Hermes/Agamemnon in "The Odyssey" (iDiom Theater) and Austin in "True West" (Red Curtain). Recent directing forays include a self-written work entitled "Deadhead Chemistry" as a part of iDiom Theater's Serial Killers Play Festival as well as "Orange Flower Water" by Craig Wright (Come Up Productions). Lately he been spending lots of time learning kickboxing and eating nachos.
Erin Carter (Rabbi, Doctor, Hannah, Ethel) is honored to be a part of this fantastic cast! Angels in America is a bucket list show. Recent performances include Body Awareness (Red Curtain), Everything in the Garden (Driftwood), and A Streetcar Named Desire (SecondStory Rep). When not on stage, Erin enjoys golf and drinking wine, but not always at the same time. Thanks to Scott and all the cast for this incredible opportunity in such a difficult time. Hugs to her husband Todd for his unwavering support.
Celeste Moody (Belize, Mr. Lies) is a burlesque performer and theatrical costumer with a background in art history. She enjoys creating a spectacle on stage almost as much as she enjoys creating spectacular costumes. You may have caught glimpses of her on stage in "A Streetcar Named Desire" or "On the Verge," but she is usually busy backstage as the Costume Shop Manager at the Red Curtain. Celeste is excited to participate in her first virtual readers theater with such a talented group.
Beth Peterson (The Angel, Voice) is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she received a MFA in Acting with a minor in directing. Beth has worked at Everett Community College since the year 2000 and heads the Theatre Dept there. She has performed in the Seattle area for Empty Space Theatre, Book-It Rep, Annex Theatre and others, and has directed shows at Renton Civic Theatre, Theatre Schmeatre, and Centerstage Theatre. Beth is currently the acting director of SketchFest Seattle and has performed with her Sketch Groups “Twist my Arm” and “Confound it!” As a playwright, her original play Road Trip was chosen as one of the Ten Best of Fest in the Seattle Fringe Fest. Her new works, "Two Years from Now" and "Bully" both received readings at the ACT Theatre in Seattle. Beth created a summer season of plays that were performed on EvCC campus and in Everett Area Parks. Her plays "Justiceville" and "Evil Twin" were also produced on the EvCC campus, where she continues to teach and produce Theatre.
Trey McGee (Prior) is a Brooklyn-based actor and sound designer. Previous acting credits include: American Buffalo (Red Curtain Arts Center), toast: A Bar Play (WanderLost), The Last Starfighter (SecondStory Repertory), 4.48 Psychosis (CopiousProductions). Sound design: The Last Days of the Tsars (Witness), Late: A Cowboy Song (living room), Noirtown (Witness). A huge thank you to everyone involved for keeping the fire of theatre alive, and to my lovely family.
Anna Wulfekuhle (Harper) is an actor, writer, and collaborator from the Pacific Northwest. Since relocating to NYC, she has appeared onstage at The Tank, Weill Hall at Carnegie, and The Bishop on Bedford, workshopped a new collaborative piece at SITILab, and stomped around studios throughout the city. Anna is a founding member of August Corps, a theatre collective oriented towards continual exploration, and has worked and trained with experimental theatre companies on both coasts, including WanderLost Laboratory Theatre, the iDiOM Theatre, and Blessed Unrest. Her current works-in-progress include an original movement and monologue piece on Joan of Arc. Anna enjoys long lists and short stories. She’s probably having a snack right now.