In celebration of the return of Angels in America to Broadway and the 25th anniversary of the production, director Isaac Butler and Slate writer Dan Kois have expanded upon their much-buzzed-about Slate oral history of the Pulitzer-winning drama and turned it into the book The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America. The tome hits bookshelves February 13.
The book features commentary from the slew of actors who have taken on the epic play, including Meryl Streep, Nathan Lane, Stephen Spinella, Mary-Louise Parker, Marcia Gay Harden, directors, producers, crew members, and playwright Tony Kushner. The World Only Spins Forward explores the work’s origins, its onstage and backstage struggles, and the debates over artistic choices. Butler and Kois launch a book tour in February to present chapter readings and discussions with actors, journalists, and cultural commentaries across the U.S.
Find them in a city near you:
February 16 - The New School in New York, New York
February 21 - Politics and Prose in Washington, D.C.
March 8 - Brooklyn Historical Society in Brooklyn, New York
March 20 - N.C. State University in Raleigh, North Carolina
March 21–25 - Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, Virginia
March 22 - University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota
March 29 - UWM in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 14 - Berkeley Repertory Theater in Berkeley, California
Angels in America first debuted on Broadway in 1993 and portrays a cultural chronicle of the AIDS crisis in America and the country’s attitudes towards homosexuality. The drama won the 1993 Pulitzer Prize as well as the Tony for Best Play, Best Actor (Ron Leibman), Best Featured Actor (Stephen Spinella), and Best Direction of a Play (George C. Wolfe). The new production of Angels in America starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield transfers after its acclaimed run in London’s West End. The two-parter bows March 21 at the Neil Simon Theatre.