Set during the Reagan era at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America incorporates Mormonism’s sacred history into a symbolic universe that includes angelic visitations, prophetic callings, and seer stones. Ten years after the play was first staged, a six-hour, 60 million HBO production with Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson was aired on cable (soon to be available on DVD). In this session, panelists who have written about either the stage version or the HBO production will revisit this drama rich in Mormon themes and characters. How does the HBO production compare to the original script? How are Mormons and Mormonism represented? Does Angels in America have something important to say to our time?

Hugo Olaiz, John-Charles Duffy, David G, Pace, Elbert Eugene Peck, Michael Evenden