Written in the early 1990s, Tony Kushner’s two-part play marks a watershed in contemporary theatre.
Set in the era of the Reagan presidency and revolving around a man dying of AIDS, “Millennium Approaches” and “Perestroika” made for a hallucinatory snapshot of American society – its politics, its religion, its hopes and fears.
Its focus is Prior Walter, scion of an old Protestant family and dying of what was, in 1985, still a new and frightening disease – a plague, even. It terrifies his lover, Louis, who betrays Prior for conservative Mormon lawyer, Joe, who is married to Harper, a Valium addict.
Then there is Roy Cohn, the Republican powerbroker who insists he is not homosexual despite the fact he has contracted AIDS. He forces his doctor to write a diagnosis of liver cancer in his records because “homosexuals are men who know nobody and who nobody knows …”
Dino Dimitriadis (Metamorphoses) directs this Apocalypse Theatre Company production featuring Ben Gerrard, Joseph Althouse, Catherine Davies, Maggie Dence, Jude Gibson, Ashley Lyons, Gus Murray and Timothy Wardell.