Angels in America 1

Angels in America 1 - 1985 - AIDS epidemic, Ronald Reagan,...

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1985 - AIDS epidemic, Ronald Reagan, queer culture Ronald Reagan o American president for most of the 1980s o A Republican (conservative) who strongly believed in low taxes for high earners Strongly opposed communism Did almost nothing to halt the AIDS crisis - was influenced by Christian groups who opposed homosexuality Believed strongly in traditional values Roy Cohn - Rosenberg trial, McCarthy, closeted homosexual Dramatic Style o Epic Theater Multiple scenes Overlapping scenes provide juxtaposition and contrast o Political Theater Brecht influences Scenery Themes o The heartlessness of politics o Stasis vs. Change o The concept of spirituality o The politics and pressures of identity o Stigma and denial Motifs o Biblical references o Politics o Religions: Judaism, Mormonism Couples in Transition: Joe and Harper, Louis and Prior Act One - Bad News o Scene 1 The funeral of Louis's Jewish grandmother - The Rabbi speaks of the old world
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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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