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Student work: Sightings & Sounds of Angels in America


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Angels in America will be performed April 2-11 in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau St. View full video. Read more.


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Sara-Ashley Bischoff '09:
Hi, I'm Sara-Ashley Bischoff, and I'm directing Angels in America.

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It takes place in New York in the 1980s at a time when

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everything was shifting. Everything was uncertain.

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And there was a lot of change, a lot of which was negative

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change going on in the world.

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We've experienced a huge upheaval in American society.

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We're going through it now: political, economic.

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In a lot of ways, a lot of things are falling apart.

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This play is really important because,

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what is more important for an

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audience than to come in and be able to actually see how it is

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relevant to their lives, and to be able to sit back and

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watch the play and reflect.

Pete Ploszek '09:
Ah...Pete Ploszek. I'm a senior here at Princeton

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in the history department.

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This play is about people of the entire spectrum.

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From liberal to conservative, black, white,

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every type of person and how they think and how they interact

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with each other. How they affected each other's lives

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at a time in american history where people's lives

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were changing every hour, every day.

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And so, I think today we see ourselves in a similar

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situation. We see ourselves on the

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precipice of great change, or at least the need for change

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that we can in some way impact.

Jordan Kisner '09:
It's one of the greatest plays

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written in the 20th century, and we're doing it here.

Chris Ghaffari '12:
It's a huge conglomeration of things,

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which is amazing in itself.

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That Kushner is able to bring in politics, religion,

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race, sexuality -- just really being human -- all in one play.

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In that, its genius is that it has an incredible knowledge of

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all those things and it explores them in great detail.

Jordan Kisner '09:
Hi.

Casey Ford Alexander '10:
(Off-Camera): What's your name?

Jordan Kisner '09:
Jordan Kisner.

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I play Harper Pitt, who is a Mormon housewife who

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has been sort of displaced from Utah and is living in Brooklyn

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with her husband Joe.

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And she struggles with an overactive imagination and a

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Valium addiction.

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The set. The set's really interesting.

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The set was part of an artistic choice to sort of keep the

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production minimal and abstract, to make it very much about just

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the characters interacting in the space.

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It's just sort of three tiers and minimal furniture,

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and very few props and that can be hard for someone like me.

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I like...when I'm acting, I like having a lot of things

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to sort of interact with physically.

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But you feel a little bit naked when you're out there on the

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stage all by yourself.

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But it's great. It really allows you to explore

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physical life with your body, and let that sort of be the

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focus and let the interaction between the characters

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emotionally take the focus.

Sara-Ashley Bischoff '09:
There are a lot of pieces in

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place for a great work.

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Kushner's writing in itself will make people think and feel.

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