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"Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens," a poetry and song cycle with book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Janet Hood (Play)

Thursday February 28, 2013
Crafton-Preyer Theatre, Murphy Hall
As part of the Department of Theatres sixth Alums Come Home weeklong gala event, theatre alumnus Bill Russell returns to KU, where he successfully directed Pageant in 2007, to direct his acclaimed poetry and song cycle featuring music by Janet Hood. Developed in the late 1980s as a theatrical response to the AIDS crisis, this piece celebrates those whose lives were lost to the disease. First produced in New York City in 1989 and now performed around the world, Elegies was inspired by Edgar Lee Masters Spoon River Anthology and the Names Project, the enormous collective AIDS quilt begun in 1987. This dramatic and musical piece combines thirty free-verse monologues spoken by characters whove died from the disease with ten blues, jazz and rock songs reflecting the point of view of the living. Students, alumni and community actors will be cast in this moving and inspirational tribute.
Contact: 864-3982, tickets@kutheatre.com
Department: University Theatre
Ticket Cost: $18/public; $17/seniors and KU faculty/staff; $10/students at 864-3982