"The Great Work Begins." The year is 1985: Ronald Reagan has just been reelected to a second term, and the deadly AIDS epidemic is at its height in New York City. Tony Kushner's two-part epic historical drama captures the lives of the HIV-positive Prior; Louis, his lover who abandons him; Joe, a closeted gay Mormon; his Valium-addicted wife Harper; Roy Cohn, a notorious lawyer from the McCarthy hearings, dying of AIDS; Belize, his African-American nurse; Hannah, Joe's mother from Utah; and the Angel, a terrifyingly beautiful herald of the apocalypse. As these characters discover, confront, and seduce each other during a time of death, hypocrisy, and tumultuous change, Kushner summons a restless pastiche of the historical and the supernatural, the theological and the political--all told with surging theatricality by a company of eight actors. Having directed Kushner's Caroline, or Change and The Illusion, Court's Artistic Director Charles Newell will direct Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and a newly-revised Perestroika in repertory performance, giving Court audiences the unique opportunity to experience Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning magnum opus in its magnificent entirety. Individual tickets go on sale September 1. Court Theatre cannot accommodate children under the age of 5, and our productions are not generally of interest to children under 8 years of age.