Ordained minister plays deep departure from real-life role in Angels in America


HAMILTON, N.Y.(WKTV) - Angels in America, a Pulitzer prize-winning play is coming to the Stanley Theater in Utica, and Wednesday night the cast practiced at a dress rehearsal at The Palace Theatre.

The stars and the director are all local and have been working on this production since December. The show was written by internationally acclaimed play-write Tony Kushner, and involves heavy themes surrounding issues of sexuality, race, sex and AIDS.

Alessandro Trinca, the director and producer of the local rendition of Angels in America says it's an extremely powerful piece, "There are quite a few elements of reality and fantasy< she said. "It's an excellent show that captivates the audience from beginning to the end."

Nick Preuninger, who plays the role of Joe Pitt, steps into a character that is a deep departure from his real-life role. Preuninger, who is an ordained minister must step into the shoes of a closeted gay man living during the Reagan era, who is a republican, Mormon, legal clerk.

Preuninger said it was a challenge, "The voices that so often define the church are unfortunately condemnatory full of anger, violence and discrimination," he said. "As a minister, I feel a part of my job is to offer a bit of damage control in saying  that is not the only Christian voice that is not representative of the entire Christian community."

He hopes to spread the message that God loves all humanity.

Angels in America starts Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Stanley Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (315) 724-4000 or

The performance goes to Henricks Chapel at Syracuse University, next Saturday, April 12. It will be at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at (315) 443-5040.

Preuninger's blog about the conflict between his real-life role and Angels in America character can be found on his website.



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