This is not a play, nor is it a conventional musical, instead Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens is a song cycle with music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by Bill Russell. Each story is different and very personal, but also really relatable for the audience. And what stories they are. It beautifully demonstrates that AIDS is no respecter of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, class or lifestyle. Anyone and everyone can be — and in the stories told are — affected. But nothing could be further from the truth, The show is uplifting, optimistic and amazingly funny in places.
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Tumblr Who would have thought a musical based on the s Aids pandemic could be such an elevating, life-affirming theatrical experience? Displayed originally in Washington DC in October of , it was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in , and in the quilt was dedicated as an official American treasure.
Thirty years later the quilt continues to grow and is the largest piece of community art in the world. Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens focuses on over 30 stories told by the deceased. The characters represent all walks of life, ranging from gay men and straight married couples, drug addicts and those infected through blood transfusions. As characters deal with the realities of their inevitable demise, government indifference, social stigma and prejudice are often targets of the piece.
Despite the dark subject matter the monologues have a fair share of humour, and also focus on the bravery of friends, family and volunteer nurses who fought to help those who were dying. His tight direction effectively weaves the tales of a diverse tapestry of people affected by the commonality of terminal illness.
The songs of the piece represent feelings of the living — those left behind in the aftermath of tragedy. Mark Senior 1 of 5.
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Union Theatre
A celebration of lives lost to AIDS told in free-verse monologues with a blues, jazz and rock score, this piece is designed to include the community in a theatrical response to the AIDS crisis. It is often performed as a benefit for fund-raising and cosciousness-raising. This play with music tells the tale from the point of view of some 30 individuals who died as a result of contracting AIDS from a wide variety of sources - such as a "regular Joe who dropped into a brothel, to a granny who was given an infected blood transfusion". The actors step forward one by one to tell their stories in verse and song.
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens
Yozshur They cannot be used to hold auditions, produce the show without a eelgies, or find sheet music for a separate performance. The continued need for events like this was recently brought home to Bruce Harris yet again. Please not that in the U. Inthe Names project was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize — If you would like more information about the quilt or would like to see it, please contact the national office. Want the full script?
Review: Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at The Union Theatre