In a murderous time the heart breaks and breaks and lives by breaking. ---Stanley Kunitz "The Testing-Tree"
Millennium Approaches is for Mark Bronnenberg, my former lover, my forever friend, my safe haven and my favorite homosexual.
The last days of October. Rabbi Isidor Chemelwitz alone onstage with a small coffin. It is a rough pine box with two wooden pegs, one at the foot and one at the head, holding the lid in place. A prater shawl embroidered with a Star of David is draped over the lid, and by the head a yarzheit cadle is burning. RABBI ISIDOR CHEMELWITZ: (He speaks sonorously, with a heavy Eastern European accent, unapologetically consulting a sheet of notes for the family names): Hello and good morning.
Greetings, Prophet; The Great Work begins: The Messenger has arrived. (Blackout.)
Pulitzer Prize-winner for Drama, 1993. The first part of Tony Kushner's epic drama of America in the 1980s. "A vast, miraculous play.... provocative, witty and deeply upsetting.... a searching and radical rethinking of American political drama."--Frank Rich, The New York Times ¶"Daring and dazzling! The most ambitious American play of our time."--Jack Kroll, Newsweek
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Dramatizes the effects of AIDS on the United States through the experiences of lawyer Roy Cohn, a Mormon couple, and a young man called Prior Walter.