Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens

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Samuel French, 1996 - Drama - 100 pages
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Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell. Music by Janet Hood.

Characters: 20-25 males, 11-16 females (doubling or expanding possible.)

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A celebration of lives lost to AIDS told in free verse monologues with a blues, jazz and rock score, this piece is designed to include the community in a theatrical response to the AIDS crisis. It is often performed as a benefit for fund raising and consciousness raising.


"Immensely powerful.... The songs are uniformly good; the final song is sensational."---Financial Times

"Bursts with humor, rage and hope."---Backstage.

"Generates a feeling of love, humanity and common cause that sends you out glowing."---Glasgow Herald

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About the author (1996)

Five-time NBA MVP and twelve-time All-Star, Bill Russell was the centerpiece of the Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA championships. As a major league coach, Russell won two additional championships the first African-American to do so. He is considered the father of the modern pro game and one of the most significant Americans of the twentieth century in sports. His three previous books include the national bestseller Russell Rules.

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