METHOD MACHINE Presents "Angels in America"

METHOD MACHINE Presents "Angels in America"

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Presented by METHOD MACHINE, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tony Kushner, Angels in America, is on stage at Geva Theatre Center’s Nextstage March 22 through April 1, and its director, David Henderson, will join host Robert Hammond in studio to discuss this groundbreaking play. 

Angels in America is set in late 1985 and early 1986, as the first wave of the AIDS epidemic in America is escalating and Ronald Reagan has been elected to a second term in the White House.  This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play tells the story of a young gay man with AIDS and his frightened, unfaithful lover; a closeted Mormon lawyer and his valium-addicted wife; the infamous New York lawyer Roy Cohn; and a steel-winged, prophecy-bearing angel; as well as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, among many others. The lives of these disparate characters intersect, intertwine, collide and are blown apart during a time of heartbreak, reaction and transformation. Ranging from earth to heaven, from the political to the intimate to the visionary and supernatural, Angels in America is an epic exploration of love, justice, identity and theology, of the difficulty, terror and necessity of change.

“We are so excited to be presenting Angels in America,” says Artistic Director David Henderson. “Kushner’s play is the ultimate in modern theater. Great characters, wicked special effects and a message that is vital.” Henderson teams up with company founder Marcy J. Savastano (Harper) and usual suspects Jill Rittinger (the Angel), Judy Molner (Hannah) and Peter Doyle as Roy Cohn. The company will also collaborate with acclaimed international video artist Monica Duncan to create the special effects and video for the production. “Performing at Geva will give us the best environment to attempt some very difficult effects most companies our size would shy away from,” says Henderson.  “But we’re not shy.”

David Henderson As the Artistic Director of METHOD MACHINE, David has directed Something Cloudy Something Clear An Evening with Mrs. Davis, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, The Lipstick Massacre, Closer, EdgeLux in Tenebris, and The Second Coming of Joan of Arc; co-directed This is Our Youth; produced Spring It On: A Broadway Cabaret, Love Triangle, and with Stasz/Pruitt produced Fat Pig, A Little Happy Mess and An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein; curated five exhibits in The Method Lab, including "A Tibetan Pilgrimage", "Bushwacked!" and "Famous Faces." 

At the JCC, he directed the recent productions of Lebensraum & Caroline or Change, which played to sold out houses, as well as readings of Angels in America Mrs. Farnsworth. At the Eastman School of Music he directed Ricardo Zohn- Muldoon's new opera Comala and at Nazareth College, The Laramie Project, for which he was recognized by the Kennedy Center for exceptional work.

In New York, Henderson directed at New York Theatre Workshop, Gallery Players, Chashama and The Ontological Theatre. He was the Assistant Director on the West End production of Wit. Henderson also worked as a producer and manager on such Broadway and Off- Broadway shows as: Sideman, Wit, The Phantom of the Opera, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Doubt, The Producers and Jersey Boys.