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Lane Community College
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
SPA presents Angels in America at Lane April 24 – May 3

Joe Pitt (Jon Sims) confronts Roy Cohn (David Helvey)Eugene, Ore. – Student Productions Association of Lane Community College presents Tony Kushner's Pulitzer winning duet of plays Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes in the Ragozzino Performance Hall on Lane's main campus.

Part One: Millennium Approaches will be presented in a full production on April 24, 25, May 1, 2 at 7:00 pm. Part Two: Perestroika will be presented in an enhanced staged reading April 30 at 7:00 pm and May 3 at 2:00pm. Both plays will be presented on April 26, the only day both will be presented on the same day. Part One will begin at 2:00 and Part Two will begin at 6:00. Between the two shows, global HIV activist Ethan Guillen will discuss the current state of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Food will be available for purchase.

Kushner's play is set during the Reagan-era onset of the AIDS crisis in New York City. It tells the story of two couples in conflict, and deals with issues including: politics, religion, abandonment, and fabulousness. Kushner's "Gay Fantasia on National Themes" is one of the most successful and important plays of the last century. Millennium Approaches is directed by Brian Haimbach, Lane's Theatre Faculty Lead, and will emphasize Kushner's "Theatre of the Fabulous" aesthetic and employ production elements afforded by the Ragozzino's impressive stage. The enhanced reading of Perestroika is directed by Anna Parks and will feature the same production elements found in Millennium Approaches.

Louis (Nick Cervantes) pleads with Prior (David Arnold)The cast includes current Lane theatre students David Arnold, Jon Sims, Nick Cervantes, Aaron Smart, Felix Monet, Lydia Reynolds, Marly Gross and Reese Madden. Community actors Jenni Kiffmeyer and David Helvey complete the cast. Designers include James McConkey, Mari DeWitt, Taylor Freeman, and Rhodec Erickson. SPA is proud to co-sponsor this production with the Gender and Sexuality Alliance of Lane Community College. The HIV Alliance of Eugene will be in attendance providing information about HIV testing and support.

Tickets for Millennium Approaches are $5.00 for students and seniors and $10.00 for the general public. For the reading of Perestroika, SPA is requesting a $5.00 cash donation at the door. All profits from all SPA presentations go directly to pay for tuition for theatre students at Lane or towards maintaining the theatre facilities on campus. High School students may always attend SPA presentations for free. Tickets may be purchased at or reserved by calling (541) 463-5161. This production is for adult audiences only.

Please contact Brian Haimbach at or (541) 463-5648 for more information.

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Brian Haimbach, Head of Theatre, LCC


(541) 463-5648