Written by: Tony Kushner
Directed by: JayC Stoddard
Performed May 30 - June 9, 2019
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
Studio Theater at the Rose
Winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Winner of the 1993 Tony Award for Best Play.
This is the first part of a two part examination of the struggles facing all types of Americans, at the height of the AIDS crisis. Although written thirty years ago, ANGELS IN AMERICA is as relevant now to the American identity, as when it was first produced.
In the first part of Tony Kushner’s epic, set in 1980’s New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel.
Whitney Black (Angel, Emily, Sister Ella, Homeless Woman, the Eskimo)
Whitney is thrilled to be making her debut at Utah Repertory Theater as the Angel. She was last seen in a physical theater production of Adam and Eve titled “On This Eve” with Scissors Theater Company, as well as Scarlet in Sackerson Theater’s production of “Scarlet.” She will be continuing her passion of theater this summer as Olivia in “Twelfth Night” with Utah Valley University, as well as Audrey in “As You Like It” with Renaissance Now Theater. “A warm thank you to JayC for giving me wings.”
Anne Louise Brings (Harper, Martin Heller)
Anne Louise Brings has most recently been seen as Una in “Blackbird.” Her past favorite roles include Stella in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Grand Theater), Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” (Utah Rep.), Lavinia in “Titus Andronicus” (Pinnacle Acting Co.), Nina in “Stupid F**king Bird” (Salt Lake Acting Co.), Cindy in “Booksmart” (Plan-B), Mercy Lewis in “The Crucible” (Pioneer Theatre Co.), Ali in “Spark” (Pygmalion Productions), Jean in “August: Osage County” (Utah Rep./Silver Summit Theater Co.), Wiglaf in “Beowulf” (Meat & Potato Theatre Co.), Gloria in “Boeing Boeing” (Pinnacle Acting Co.), Rosalind in “As You Like It” (Davis Arts Council), and Antigone in “Antigone” (Regional Tour). Anne graduated from Westminster College with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance.
Andrew Maizner (Roy)
Andrew fell in love with acting back in the 8th grade, when Mrs. Hinckle made him choose either detention or Drama Club. Since returning to the stage in Utah ten years ago, some of his favorite roles have been: Richard Aldritch in Beth Bruner’s “Gee” and Nat, in “I’m Not Rapapport” (Holliday Arts); Gonzalo in “The Tempest” (Around the Globe); Al Lewis in The “Sunshine Boys” (Pinnacle Acting Co.); Baptista in “The Taming of the Shrew” (UNIPAC); Screwtape in “Screwtape” and Dodge in “The Buried Child” (Silver Summit); Donald in “A Night With the Family” and Vaughn in “Spark” (Pygmalion Productions); Announcer/broadcaster in “The Skin of Our Teeth” and Steve Hubbell in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Grand Theater); Joseph Potter in “The Witness,” and, most recently, Joe Benjamin in “God’s Favorite.” And now, another “bucket list” role: Roy Cohn in “Angels In America!”
Jesse Nepivoda (Prior, Man in the Park, )
Jesse is an actor and playwright from Washington DC. He and his written work have appeared on stages across the United States and Canada. In Utah he has worked with Pygmalion Productions, Wasatch Theatre Company, Good Company Theatre, An Other Theatre Company, The Space Between, and Utah Repertory Theatre.
Lucas Stewart (Joe)
This is Lucas’ first show with Utah Rep and he’s absolutely thrilled to be a part of this incredible production. Lucas graduated from UVU with a BA in Theatre Arts.He has performed in Disneyland Paris, as a character performer, and has directed and acted in shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Some of his past roles include Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” (UVU), Eli Whitney in “Anything Goes” (UVU), and Joseph Smith Jr. in “Plato’s Dialogues” (UVU). He would like to thank all of his wonderful friends and his family for always supporting him.
Joshua Tewell (Louis)
Josh can still hardly believe that his Utah acting debut is with his favorite play! Having moved here in February, Josh had previously performed and taught around the country in various national tours (Missoula Children’s Theatre and Enchantment Theatre Company), and acted professionally in New York City and Philadelphia, his previous home. Recent Philly credits include “Dracula: A Gothic Mystery,” “Suicide Stories,” and “Blood Wedding.” A graduate of Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, Josh also attended the Accademia dell’Arte for physical theatre-intensive training. He thanks the Angels cast and crew for helping welcome him to his new home!
Dee Tua’one (Belize, Mr. Lies, )
Dee is magic. A nymph. A syren. You may have seen her as the moon, a healer, a mother, a pusher; or him as a soldier, a devil, a father, or a crab, here and there on the Utah stage. A creator with fabrics his costume work has made its presence known on stage. She is a mother of queens and constellations. He sends you kisses and glitter. “The world only spins forward”
Liz Whittaker (Hannah, Rabbi Chemelwitz, Henry, Ethel Rosenberg)
Liz Whittaker has a degree in Theatre Education from BYU-Idaho, and an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. She has performed with various theatre companies from Salt Lake to Provo over the past five years, as well as designed sound for multiple theatre productions. In addition to theatre, Liz does improv comedy with The Improvables in Bountiful, and has been seen in various film and television projects. When she’s not performing or designing, Liz enjoys reading, writing, learning new things, making art, and designing and cross-stitching new patterns for her Etsy shop, “Bitchin Stitches By Liz.” She is occasionally funny.
JayC Stoddard (Director)
JayC is the Artistic Director for Utah Repertory Theater Company. He has assistant directed several Utah Rep productions, including: “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Heathers: The Musical,” “Carrie: The Muscial,” and “Bare: The Rock Opera.” He directed “Rabbit Hole” for Utah Rep. His original plays “Round 2,” “Exposure,” and “Turn to Page 93” have been featured at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, with “Exposure” winning the Audience Choice Award for 2017.
Mel Howarth (Hair, Makeup, and Costume Design)
Mel Howarth is thrilled to be working on their first production with Utah Rep. Their most recent work has been with An Other Theater Company designing Hair and Makeup for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch;” Costumes, Hair, and Makeup for “Perfect Arrangement;” and Costumes, Hair, and Makeup for “How I Learned to Drive.” They also worked at Evermore park in their Wardrobe and Costuming department for “Lore” and “Aurora,” and Sundance Summer Theater as Hair and Makeup supervisor for “The Music Man.” They have a degree in Costume and Makeup Design from Utah Valley University. Their website is
Jacob Hunt (Lighting Design)
Jacob is excited to be designing lighting for the first time for Utah Rep. Jacob freelances as a lighting designer, lighting director, and master electrician for various corporate events and concerts. Jacob is also a lighting electrician, programmer, and designer at Salt Lake Acting Company. He also works as a lighting electrician, programmer, and stagehand for Ririe Woodbury Dance Company. He has previously worked on staging for the Utah Pride Festival, electrician with Pioneer Theatre Company, and as an electrician and carpenter at the Aurora Fox Arts Center in Aurora, Colorado.
Katelyn Limber (Sound Design)
Katelyn is thrilled to be working with Utah Repertory Theater for the first time. Her credits include three heightened readings she sound designed for Salt Lake Acting Company: “Grab Them by the Pussy,” “Reykjavik,” and “Remarkably Normal.” She has also sound designed for Pinnacle Acting Company: (“The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Titus Andronicus,” “The Beauty Queen of Leenane,” “Gideon’s Knot”), and Westminster College: (“Our Country’s Good,” “Love and Information,” and “Don Juan Comes Back from the War”). Some of her upcoming credits include The Classical Greek Festival (“Prometheus Bound”). katelynlimber.com
Cara Pomeroy (Scenic Design)
Cara is a graduate from the University of Utah Theatre department where she earned a BA in Theatre Studies with a focus on Scenic Design. She has designed many Utah Rep sets over the years, including “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “The Other Place,” and “Carrie the Musical.” Other recent designs include “Of Color” for Plan B, “Hir” for Salt Lake Acting Company, and “First Date” for the Grand Theatre. She works as an adjunct professor of Stagecraft and Scenic Painting at Westminster College and as a carpenter and painter for Pioneer Theatre Company.
Assistant Stage Manager: Matias Eyzaguirre
Electrician: cade beck
All photos by Jon Vickers
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Special Interview with Director JayC Stoddard by Scott Renshaw at Salt Lake City Weekly: Touched by Angels