GAYS, MORMONS AND 'ANGELS IN AMERICA'
Cultural history-making can happen in the unlikeliest of places. Next door to a Payless Shoe Source in an antiseptic, climate-controlled Provo shopping mall, for instance.
That’s where, inside a space that once housed a Radio Shack, you’ll find An Other Theater Company on the second floor of Provo Towne Centre.
“It actually fit really well with us,” says Kacey Spadafora, who, along with Taylor Jack Nelson, founded An Other last year after producing two award-winning plays at the 2016 and 2017 Great Salt Lake Fringe festivals.
“We both grew up around here and remember when the mall was built and it was so cool. Now there are a lot of empty stores, so they’re looking to do different, experience-based things.”
The plays that Nelson and Spadafora are putting on in their theater — a 48-seat space tricked out with comfy padded church pews they found in Idaho — aren’t the typical fare you normally see staged in conservative Utah County.
Take their current production of “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches,” the first half of Tony Kushner’s monumental Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play, with its strong gay, Mormon and AIDS storylines — sensitive topics for some, but perhaps more so when they’re being explored in front of a live Provo audience.
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