They never get old, they never get boring. Are we talking about Zachary Quinto‘s eyebrows or great plays? Can’t it be both? But FYI, Quinto will be performing this fall in Signature Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway production of Tony Kushner‘s Angels in America.
Now that Heroes has been canceled, it’s freed up the main cast members to pursue new projects. While Tim Kring very much hopes that NBC will let them all come back to do a Heroes mini series or a mini movie, Heroes is otherwise dead in the murky, murky water of too much time-traveling. (Doctor Who does it and he never looks as frazzled as this show did by the end of Heroes season 4.)
Angels in America is a Pulitzer and Tony Award Winning play written by Tony Kushner. If you took a university theatre class, you’ve probably read it. At the very least, you owe it to yourself to see it played out somewhere, even if it means watching the 2003 mini-series with Meryl Streep and Mary Louise Parker. To be sure, we love seeing big names attached to projects we love (ergo, Quinto has made our day) but it’s the projects that pull these talents to them. (When you can be picky, you are picky.) But please have no shame if you find yourself feeling clueless about this play, and are only hearing about it right now because of Quinto. That’s more than okay, that’s good. I’m sure he’d be happy to know that he can get fans interests in projects he finds worthy and important.
Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, as produced by the Signature Theatre Company will be directed by Michael Greif. Casting choices include Robin Bartlett (Prelude to a Kiss, “Mad About You”) as Hannah Pitt, Christian Borle (Legally Blonde, Spamalot) as Prior Walter, Bill Heck (The Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale) as Joe Pitt, Zoe Kazan (The Seagull, A Behanding in Spokane) as Harper Pitt, Billy Porter (Smokey Joe’s Café, Five Guys Named Moe) as Belize, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, “Heroes”) as Louis Ironson, Robin Weigert (Noises Off, The Good German, “Deadwood”) as The Angel and Frank Wood (Side Man, August: Osage County) as Roy Cohn.
ANGELS IN AMERICA will begin performances on September 14, 2010 at The Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street). Opening night will be October 28, 2010. Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, the two parts of ANGELS IN AMERICA, will begin alternating in repertory from the start of performances. Subscriptions for the Kushner season are sold out. Single tickets for ANGELS IN AMERICA will go on sale on Tuesday, August 3 at 10:00 AM. The production of ANGELS IN AMERICA is made possible by a major grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which seeks to make great theatre accessible to the broadest possible audience, all regularly-priced single tickets ($75) during the initial announced run are underwritten and will be available for $20. The Signature Ticket Initiative continues through Signature’s 20th Anniversary Season (2010-2011).
The Signature Ticket Initiative is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Time Warner Inc. Generous support for The Signature Ticket Initiative is provided by Margot Adams, in memory of Mason Adams.
To try and summarize Angels in America for those curious…it involves the world during 1985 and 1986 (the AIDS epidemic was growing higher, and Ronald Reagan had just been re-elected as President). There are two parts to the play: “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika” which both focus on two gay men in a relationship. Christian Borle and Zachary Quinto will fill these roles. But that’s just a broad outline. You’ll see an angel, the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, and the New York lawyer Roy Cohn.