Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens

Spring 2006

Left to right front: J.J. Smith, Jim Gormley, Cody Fish, Kristen Mauro, Elana O’Neill, Connie Lord, Kyle Todack. Rear left to right: Shannon Bricker, Mark Lenihan, Lindsay Cupelo, Jason Walsh, Thomas Fadden, Gabriel Briggs, Justin Willett, Tony Yajko, Ed Shephard

Singer/actors Gabriele Briggs and Ed Shephard.

The work is a full-fledged musical with book and lyrics by Tony Nominated playwright/lyricist Bill Russell - score for cello, harp and piano by Janet Hood. The work is a poetic music-filled tribute to those who have died from AIDS. Bill Russell attended a performance after which he conducted a lively and thought-provoking talkback. A panel of the Names Project Quilt was loaned to BCC for the production and was a backdrop throughout the performances. Bill said the idea for Elegies grew from his love of the play Spoon River Anthology which BCC presented last semester as its major production.