Elegies for ngela Punks and Raging Queens“Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens,” the first piece written about the AIDS pandemic.  Elegies is a song cycle with music by Janet Hood and lyrics and additional text by lyricist Bill Russell.  It debuted in 1989 at the Ohio Theatre in Manhattan’s SoHo district before moving on to London.  Each of the monologues is written from the perspective of characters who’ve died from AIDS, and the songs represent the feelings of friends and family members dealing with the loss. The piece was developed in the late 1980s and originally entitled “The Quilt” to acknowledge the AIDS Memorial Quilt, founded in 1985 by AIDS activist, Cleve Jones.

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