An all-star cast will be performing scenes from Angels in America in a benefit livestream on October 8 supporting amfAR’s Fund to Fight COVID-19.
The free 60-minute livestream will also feature an introduction from the Angels in America’s Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner, who will be contextualizing COVID-19 in relation to the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
Several performers will be sharing the roles of certain characters: Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Rannells, and Paul Dano as Prior Walter; Brandon Uranowitz as Louis Ironson; Lois Smith and Vella Lovell as Harper Pitt; Laura Linney as Hannah Pitt; Jeremy O. Harris, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Larry Owens as Belize; Nikki M. James, Patti LuPone, Linda Emond, and Daphne Rubin-Vega as the Angel; and Glenn Close as Roy Cohn.
Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming, Jake Gyllenhaal are slated to make special appearances.
The creative team behind the performance includes Ellie Heyman (director), Ellis Ludwig-Leone (composer), Paul Tate dePoo III (production designer), and TBD Creative Media.
According to amfAR’s official description of the show, the selected scenes will focus on the experience of living through a plague, reaching through suffering to find hope, and on America striving and failing to reach its ideals of freedom.
The performance will be followed by a live talk-back session with Kushner, Kevin Robert Frost (CEO of amfAR), Ellie Heyman (director), and several actors from the performance.
The show will stream on October 8 at 8:30 PM ET (October 9 at 8:30 AM, Manila time) on Broadway.com’s YouTube Channel. While free to watch, donations are encouraged, with proceeds going to the amfAR Fund to Fight COVID-19.