Angels in America is a political play cycle set in 1980s Reaganite America. The political and social background of the plays contribute to Tony Kushner’ s message that conservative America is not how society should be: liberal unity and collectivity is the better path to follow.The plays also attempt to induce social action on the part of the readers and audiences in the form of everyday activism or civic engagement. In the setting of 1980s politics, apocalyptic thinking was prevalent, and Kushner’ s liberal politics see conservativism as the end of liberalism in America. Kushner uses prophecy and idealism to show the need and means of social change required to return America to liberalism, also demonstrating this need in the lives of his characters.
Sarah Altmann, ’07 St. Louis, MO
Majors: Sociology, English
Sponsor: Glenn Freeman