Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America' Returns to Berkeley Rep

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(Left to right) Benjamin T. Ismail (Louis Ironson) and Randy Harrison (Prior Walter) in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s production of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches. (Photo: Kevin Berne/Berkeley Repertory Theatre)

"Angels in America," Tony Kushner's theatrical masterpiece, returns to the stage at Berkeley Rep. Subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," the play chronicles, honors, investigates and imagines the AIDS crisis that ravaged the U.S. throughout the 1980s and 90s. The play's messages still resonate today, especially because part of the plot turns on the illness of attorney Roy Cohn, the litigator who represented — and mentored — Donald Trump early in his career. Playwright Tony Kushner and director Tony Taccone join Forum to discuss Berkeley Rep's production and staging the show at this particular moment.

Tony Kushner, 
playwright and screenwriter, "Angels in America"
Tony Taccone, artistic director, Berkeley Repertory Theatre