A Whole Slew of Angels in America

“In this world, there is a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we’ve left behind, and dreaming ahead.”
― Tony Kushner

Angels, angels everywhere. Ever since Kushner’s acclaimed play burst onto the scene in 1993, it’s taken the theatre world by storm – a tempest kicked up by the wings of hundreds of different iterations of the angel figure. Take a stroll down memory lane and see how a number of different productions imagined this pivotal role:


1993, Original Broadway production

1997, Theater Dortmund

2001, Guilford College

2003, HBO series

2004, American Conservatory Theatre

2010, Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf’s commemoration of Amsterdam’s DeLaMar Theatre’s opening

2010, Signature Theatre

Which version is the most effective? It’s remarkable that despite their physical/design differences, these angels are all relatively close in terms of presentation.

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14 thoughts on “A Whole Slew of Angels in America

  1. Reblogged this on Lily Wight and commented:
    I saw the HBO mini-series a few years ago and loved it, thanks for reminding me! It would be nice to see a production tackle a more radical representation of the angels though.
    This is a brilliant piece x

  2. This was awesome, especially because I’m ignorant enough I didn’t even know about the play. *blushes* Now I do, and I’ll make sure to find time to check it out somehow. It also reminded me of my favorite “angel” song, “Wings” by Echo’s Children. I love the concept of a lost angel. It’s a beautiful idea that I may have to explore further in poems. Thank you for sharing!

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