Theater Talk - Isaac Butler and The Angels of "Angels in America"

Theater Talk discusses "Angels in America" with two prominent actor/Angels, Ellen McLaughlin and Amanda Lawrence, as well as Isaac Butler, co-author of the best-selling new book, "The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America," the oral history of this landmark theatrical piece.


"Angels in America" celebrates its 25th Anniversary

Ellen Mclaughlin originated the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner's play "Angels in America"

Angels in America: The Complete Oral History
How Tony Kushner’s play became the defining work of American art of the past 25 years.
By Isaac Butler and Dan Kois
Slate - Dec. 18 2017

...Twenty-five years ago this summer, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America premiered in the tiny Eureka Theatre in San Francisco’s Mission District. Within two years it had won the Pulitzer Prize and begun a New York run that would dominate the Tony Awards two years in a row, revitalize the nonmusical play on Broadway, and change the way gay lives were represented in pop culture...


Shakespeare theater in D.C. has announced their 2018-2019 season! 

Ellen's The Oresteia is Michael Kahn's, Artistic Director for 30 years, final show. 

The Oresteia
By Ellen McLaughlin
Adapted from Aeschylus
Directed by Michael Kahn

It’s not a matter of whether you are guilty. It’s whether you are forgivable.

Through ten years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon’s return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, The Oresteia chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Playwright Ellen McLaughlin (The Persians) has written a new version of the classic, commissioned by STC. Her play, three years in the making, weaves together the works of Aeschylus with stunning poetry and emotional heft. An epic, world-premiere interpretation of this pillar of western culture, The Oresteia makes a fitting end to Michael Kahn’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

The Oresteia is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation