by Benjamin Burke (Director / Producer)
As a young gay man, Angels in America was the first serious work that I was exposed to that not only had main characters that were gay, but also took those characters seriously. Before my exposure to Angels in a college acting class, every gay character that I experienced in a play or movie or on television was either a psychotic villain or a stereotypical secondary character. Romantic themes between members of the same sex were non-existent. For me, Angels changed all that. I felt a little less alone in this world.
Over the years I have suggested producing Angels, both in college and, later through my involvement with different community theater groups, but have always been met with resistance. It's too ambitious. It's too controversial. It's too intense. It's never going to happen.
In forming Bold Theatrics, my best friend / business partner and I specifically want tackle the controversial and intense. And yes, it was an ambitious idea, but we decided we were going to make it happen because we feel strongly that our community deserves to see art of this caliber. We hit the ground running with a truly spectacular and passionate cast, and I can't wait for this community to experience Angels in America. Who knows, maybe some young people in the audience will see an honest and respectful representation of themselves and feel a little less alone in this world?
The Great Work Continues. 'Bye now.