The Image of the Prophet in Tony Kushner’s ‘Angels in America’ as a Stimulus to Discuss Gender Differences in Catholic Theology


The aim of this paper is to present and discuss the image of Prior Walter - the prophet from a literary text and a theatrical play entitled "Angels in America. A Gay Fantasia on National Themes" written by an American playwright Tony Kushner. It was played in 60 countries and 2500 cinemas around the world at the National Theatre Live Edition in 2017. The main character of the play is Prior Walter - a young New Yorker and a homosexual. He suffers from AIDS. Walter receives a prophecy given by an angel to the whole world. Walter presents a new, original, non-canonical and non-traditional image of a prophet. Thus, the paper's goal is to answer the questions: What are the differences between the Biblical image of a prophet and the prophet from 'Angels in America'? What values do these differences imply? In what could they be a creative opportunity for theologians and other people dealing with cultural, theological and social question? Why does the theatrical play have an impact on people's gender, religion, cultural and social experiences? The submitted presentation stands out due to its internationalisation and interdisciplinarity. The basic research hypothesis presupposes that the play is a testimony of experience of faith and an inspiring way to learn about the theological anxieties of people in the second half of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century.

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Agnieszka Laddach, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland

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Conference: KAMC2020
Stream: Gender

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