An Afternoon with Tony KushnerA Visions and Voices Signature Event
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- Sunday, October 6, 2013 06/10/2013 16:00:00 06/10/2013 23:59:59 6 An Afternoon with Tony KushnerA Visions and Voices Signature EventJoin us for a stimulating conversation with preeminent Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner, author of the play and television miniseries Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes and the screenplays for Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln.University Park Campus
- 4:00 PM
- University Park Campus
- Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
- Book signing and reception to follow.
Admission is free. While advance reservations are closed, rush tickets will be available at the event check-in, beginning at 3 p.m. in front of Bovard Auditorium.
Kushner is best known for the play and television miniseries Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’s film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg’s Munich. In 2012, he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s Lincoln, which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award and Chicago Film Critics Award, among others. His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: The Libretto, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to Present; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. His latest work includes a collection of one-act plays, entitled Tiny Kushner, featuring characters such as Laura Bush, Nixon’s analyst, the queen of Albania and a number of tax evaders, and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.
Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Oscar nomination, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Mid-Career Playwright, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders and a Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, among many others. In September 2008, Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest theatre award in the U.S. He was also awarded the 2009 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement. He is the subject of a documentary film, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, made by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock.
Photo: Joan Marcus