RIC Theatre – fall 2009 preview

RIC Theatre performance of 'Hair,'  April 2009

RIC Theatre performance of 'Hair,' April 2009
Two popular and award-winning plays – "Angels in America" and "Rabbit Hole" – will be presented by RIC's Theatre program this fall.

Playwright Tony Kushner’s "Angels in America" has achieved phenomenal success since it opened in Los Angeles in 1992. Winner of many awards, including the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for drama and Tony Award for best play, "Angels" will be staged at RIC from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4.

'Angels in America'
Directed by Nehassaiu deGannes, an assistant professor at RIC, it is an epic story of two troubled couples – one gay, one straight – in America in the 1980s, when a terrifying new disease – AIDS – has just been discovered.

Both a love story and political drama, it has been described by scholar John M. Clum as "a turning point in the history of gay drama, the history of American drama, and of American literary culture."

"Angels in America" has been staged in countries around the globe, and has been translated into several languages.

David Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole," which received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for drama, will be performed by RIC Theatre from Nov. 18-22. The production will be directed by Jamie Taylor, RIC’s chair of the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance.

A shattering experience leaves Becca and Howie Corbett’s life turned upside down, and the couple attempting to cope with a new and unexpected reality. "Rabbit Hole" examines grief – and its toll – with insight, honesty and compassion.

"Rabbit Hole" presents a tragedy and its consequences with utter candor, and without sentimentality,” according in USA Today. “The dialogue is most impressive for capturing the awkwardness and pain of thinking people faced with an unthinkable situation—and eventually, their capacity for survival, and even hope.”

Lindsay-Abaire has written the screenplay for the film version of "Rabbit Hole," scheduled for release in 2010. He also wrote the plays "Shrek the Musical" (book and lyrics), "Kimberly Akimbo," "Wonder of the World," and "A Devil Inside," among others, and is working on the screenplay for "Spider-Man 4."

For general information on RIC's Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance events, call (401) 456-9883 or visit www.ric.edu/pfa .

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