Fun things you could do this weekend!
Looking for something to do this weekend? The weather is gorgeous now, but I hear that it's going to get rainy and cold again, so maybe you could hunker down for a day and see Angels in America, Tony Kushner's fantastic play about a diverse group of people in 1980s New York. This particular production is the collective senior thesis of three very talented students - director Sara-Ashley Bischoff '09 and actors Lovell Holder '09 and (Equal Writes' very own) Jordan Kisner '09. Millennium Approaches (Part One) and Perestroika (Part Two), the two halves of the famously massive play, will perform in rotating repertory at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street to combine for a six-hour theatrical experience. This weekend, Millennium Approaches will be shown on Thursday night at 8 and Saturday afternoon at 2, and Perestroika will be on Friday and Saturday night at 8. So if you're very brave, you could see the whole thing in one day!
Focusing on the AIDS crisis, Kushner uses the health epidemic as a lens through which he explores both literal and figurative diseases which plague American culture – strict definitions of sexuality, race, religion, politics, and family which threaten to destroy the body politic. Angels in America centers on two couples desperately trying to preserve their relationships as the world collapses around them. Amidst the crushing realities these couples encounter in 1980s Manhattan, Kushner weaves their lives together through a series of magical encounters in which ghosts appear in bedrooms, Valium-induced delusions transport characters to Antarctica, and angels come crashing through ceilings. When Angels in America opened in 1993, Newsweek proclaimed the work the “most ambitious American play of our time.” I saw the first part last weekend and it was wonderful - you should definitely check it out. Tickets are at Frist, and I believe they're student events eligible.
And if that's not enough, the Student Global AIDS Campaign and the Africa Development Initiative are hosting a dance-a-thon fundraiser this Saturday! The event is only three hours, from 9pm-12am in the Frist MPR. It'll be a fun a dance party complete with DJ, dance floor, neon gangster party hats, inflatable guitars, prizes, and snacks. Tickets are $7 each and student events/tiger tickets eligible. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the pediatric ward of Kamuzu Central Hospital in Malawi, where Mike Honigberg `08, is currently working. It's a good cause, and dancing's always great - what more could you ask?