Part one of Tony Kushner's epic, pulitzer-prize-winning drama dissects the lives of a diverse group of characters living in New York City during the Reagan-era AIDS crisis of the 1980s. The play comments not only on the horrors of the disease and its effects on the human body, but also on the bredth of responses to its presence — between individuals and between socio-economic classes.
Throughout part one of Angels in America the characters' experiences become less and less grounded in real space and time. It is when the characters drift from the earthly plane to a more cerebral, otherworldly space that the sound design became a strong storytelling opportunity. Sound and music became a strong indication to the audience of the characters' departure from reality.