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Theatre 200: Portfolio Project (Smith): Angels in America: Part I

This guide is intended to help students with their final portfolio project.

The Play

About the Author

Resources for Context

Use these sources to find background information about ideas surrounding the play.

  • AIDS
  • Homosexuality
  • Mormonism
  • Judaism
  • Angels
  • Millennium
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Roy Cohn
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Collection of dozens of encyclopedias and other Gale reference works in the humanities, social sciences and sciences.
Suggested articles:
Millennialism
Angels
Mormonism
Judaism
Reaganomics
Roy Cohn
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Homosexuality
 
SAGE Reference Online
Selection of subject encyclopedias published by Sage; especially strong in the social sciences.
Suggested articles:
Ronald Reagan
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
Homosexual Relationships
 
Oxford Reference
Includes over 100 specialized Oxford dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks.
Suggested articles:
Judaism
Mormonism
Reaganomics
 
CQ Researcher
Full-length articles of contemporary issues include an overview, historical background, chronology, pro/con feature, plus resources for additional research.
Suggested articles:
AIDS
Gay rights
 

AIDS 101 (film clip)

American Decades Primary Sources (1900-1999)

A great resource for an overview of the political, cultural, and social contexts of a decade.
Use the table of contents drop down menu to find a specific decade.

Angels in America Campus Production Guide

For general information about Angels in America as well as information about the 2004 campus production see  http://research.pugetsound.edu/angelsinamerica/

Images of the 2004 campus production may be found here.

Production History Research Prompts

Use these questions to guide your research about production history.

  • What is the production history of this play (where and when was it produced)?
  • How was it received?
  • What notable artists have worked on it?
  • What design, casting, staging or producing choices were made?
  • Why were those choices successful/unsuccessful in their time/location?
  • What has contributed to the success/failure of this play in the past?
  • What aesthetic choices elevated/opened up the piece?
  • What aesthetic choices collapsed the piece?

Search EBSCO for Production Reviews

Search tip:

Put the play title in quotes and add production, e.g., "Angels in America" and production

 

Note: To find information about the set, look for the publication Stage Directions

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