It was presented to critical acclaim in London at the King's Head Theatre in and the following year at the Criterion 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".
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All should be comfortable performing in pop styles. The piece has been performed with a different singer or group performing each song, making for a total of It must be purchased separately and is available through our office.
Spectator Immensely powerful The songs are uniformly good; the final song is sensational. Financial Times Bursts with humor, rage and hope. 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 consciousness raising. Backstage Generates a feeling of love, humanity and common cause that sends you out glowing. Glasgow Herald. All original productions were directed by Bill Russell. It is the author's intent that actors from ethnic minorities are cast whenever possible.
Chorus Size: No Chorus. BUD's sister, so those roles need to be co-ordinated. DOUG - Baritone. Has traditionally been black. Should be believable as RAY's friend. Has often been black. Important that the actor can find the humor in the monologue.
TIM - A teenager who can find the laughs in this. The younger and more energetic the better. She should find the laughs and stay away from pathos. RAY - A regular guy, party animal, athletic. PACO - An hispanic teenager, the younger the better. The audience should be seduced by his charm and beauty. British accent can work. Essential that the actor find the humor here. Younger is heart-breaking but often includes projection problems. An ethnic minority is highly preferable. PAUL - A strong, leading man type with a great speaking voice.
He should be at least in his 30s. NAT - A fire and brimstone orator, traditionally costumed as a priest or minister. Should be at least 50 or preferably even older. JOE - A comedian of any type or age, as long as he can get the laughs. Often cast with a black actor. Perusal Material Shipped immediately. This is optional. Libretto This is optional. Rehearsal Material Shipped a minimum of 3 months before the last performance.
This must be hired as a condition of the License to produce this show. Orchestral Material Shipped a minimum of 1 month before the last performance.
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (musical) - Angels, Punks and Raging Queens
Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who've died from AIDS and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss. The piece was developed in the late s and was originally titled "The Quilt. In , it was produced by Giacomo Capizzano at the King's Head Theatre in London , where it played for several months. In addition to the New York and London productions of the piece, there have been professional productions in Australia, Germany and Israel, among other countries.
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens