Angels in America

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our staged reading of “Angels in America.”

The night was an inspiring evening to be a part of and we raised over $7000 for A Red Orchid Theatre & the ACLU of Illinois! 

Stay tuned for pictures from this memorable evening.

Join us for an evening of celebrating Theater and Political Voice!

A Red Orchid Theatre Presents A Staged Reading of:

Angels in America: Part One, Millennium Approaches

By Tony Kushner
Conceived by Shade Murray & Will Von Vogt
Directed by Shade Murray

See Below for Full Cast List!

Sunday, June 18th, 6 pm
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N Lincoln Ave 60614

Tickets: $50
Tickets include the reading as well as a wine/beer reception after the performance.

Buy Tickets Here!           Can’t Attend? Donate Here! 

“Angels in America, A Staged Reading” was conceived by Will Von Vogt and Shade Murray (Pictured L-R)

The staged reading of “Angels in America, Part One: Millenium Approaches,” will feature prominent members of the Chicago Theater community. We, like so many, are such tremendous fans of this work and grateful we have it in times like this. We see “Millennium Approaches” as a call to action as a nation falls apart. We believe it will be a very special evening to connect and galvanize the Chicago theater community and its patrons.

Our evening will celebrate the power of voices that challenge the current political climate, on stage and in the streets. Ticket sales will directly benefit our local chapter of the ACLU as well as season of political theater curated at A Red Orchid. Attendees will have opportunities to support additional organizations like the Howard Brown Health Center, Planned Parenthood, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

From Director, Shade Murray: “Political and heartfelt, historical and mythical, Tony Kushner’s epic play is about a nation falling apart during a sisemic shift in politics and morality. Spiritual forces intervene, culminating in the arrival of an angel and a call to rebuild. The play promises to fascinating experience at this juncture: Roy Cohn, a principle character in the play, was a mentor of our current president. Angels In America has profound statements to make about our past, the present and quite possibly our future.”

Victory Gardens Theater has agreed to donate the historic Biograph Theater for the night. Actors, designers and musicians will be donating their services for the cause. Tony Kushner has donated the rights for the play for the evening.

All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will directly benefit A Red Orchid Theatre and the Chicago Chapter of the ACLU. We hope you will join us or consider making a donation to support this cause.

THE CAST

Charin Alvarez THE ANGEL
David Cerda SISTER ELLA CHAPTER
Esteban Cruz MAN IN PARK
Jen Engstrom ROY COHN
Kirsten Fitzgerald ETHEL ROSENBERG
Emjoy Gavino MARTIN HELLER
Megan Gerachis RABBI ISIDOR CHEMELWITZ
Mierka Girten EMILY
Steve Haggard JOE PITT
Ricky Harris MR LIES
Ike Holter BELIZE
Niko Kourtis LOUIS IRONSON
Caroline Neff PRIOR 1
Liz Sharpe HARPER PITT
Kristina Valada-Viars HOMELESS WOMAN
Guy Van Swearingen HENRY
Doug Vickers PRIOR 2
Will Von Vogt PRIOR WALTER
Natalie West HANNAH PITT

STAGE MANAGER Corrie Besse
NARRATION Larry Grimm and Shade Murray
MUSIC Doug Peck

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