Angels in America: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner
Directed by Kelly Lynn Hogan
Costume Design: Analise Rahn
Angels in America: Perestroika by Tony Kushner
Directed by Elizabeth Carlin-Metz
Costume Design: Allison Smith Hahn
Photos by Craig Choma
Surrounded by the rigid lines of conformity in the business world of Reagan’s America, the connections we see forged between characters soften their shells of self-restraint. Throughout Perestroika we see characters shedding their layers—layers of control that keep them isolated—opening themselves to vulnerability and change. For the heavenly cast, a mix of classical images of annunciation angels and militaristic elements influenced the design of the Angel. The Principalities were influenced by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, with their appearances progressively revealing the deterioration of the ‘Great Design’.