About Angels

"Charlotte Rep proves that it can plumb the intricacies of an expansive work."
Charlotte Observer (of Millenium Approaches)


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Angels in America: Millenium Approaches and Perestroika 
by Tony Kushner 

 Director: Steve Umberger; Scenic: Joe Gardner, Costume: Johann Stegmeir, Lighting: Eric Winkenwerder, Music/Sound: Fred Story


In 1996, Charlotte Rep was one of the first theatre companies in the U.S. licensed to produce the plays after their Broadway run. Angels presented a singular opportunity for the Rep to grow by producing the landmark work, in tandem with Charlotte's growth into being the country's 17th largest city and its second largest banking center, behind N.Y. Charlotte Rep was in residence in a theatre in the then-new Bank of America headquarters tower. The production was one of the most successful, and the single most lucrative, in the Rep's 29 year history, and playwright Tony Kushner joined the company for the opening week. The production also made international news when it sparked protests and a widely-reported debate about the plays' content, underscoring the city's growth from conservative Bible Belt town to progressive New South city. The production and the events became a noted part of Angels' history, referenced often in global coverage of the plays over the years. The story is included, through interviews with the Charlotte Rep team, in the 2018 book The World Only Spins Forward by Isaac Butler and Dan Kois, published with Angels' 25th anniversary and Broadway revival. 

"The successful opening of Angels is, on one hand, about the intersection of morality and art, but it is also about the cultural tensions created when a Bible Belt town tries to move quickly into the first rank of American cities." 
The New York Times