Masterpiece Of American Theater Turns 25, Themes Remain Relevant Today

Tony Kushner poses for a photo during a break from rehearsal of his new play at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday, April 30, 2009.
Tony Kushner Craig Lassig/AP, file
Tony Kushner poses for a photo during a break from rehearsal of his new play at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn., Thursday, April 30, 2009.
Tony Kushner Craig Lassig/AP, file

Masterpiece Of American Theater Turns 25, Themes Remain Relevant Today

As with all great art, we can’t forget the predecessors that paved the way for great writing, powerful performances and risks on the stage. 25 years ago, that happened with Tony Kushner’s seven-hour masterpiece Angels in America

It captured the peak of the AIDS epidemic in the mid-1980s and showed an intimate portrait of gay life, religion, politics, and how those all collide. The play was then adapted for the small screen in 2003 on HBO. 

Slate talked to some of the major players behind both creations for an oral history of how it all came to be. We talk to Slate’s Dan Kois about that history.