All presentations will begin at 7:30 p.m. Lectures are free and open to the public; no tickets nor registrations are required.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Donald W. Reynolds Center
Born in New York City in 1956 and raised in Lake Charles, La., Tony Kushner has received two Tony Awards and an Emmy Award. He wrote the screenplay for director Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005) and Lincoln (2012), for which he received an Academy Award nomination.
Kushner's works tackle some of today's most sensitive social issues. He was award a Pulitzer Prize for drama for his two-part epic Angels in America. Other critically acclaimed works include A Bright Room Called Day, Homebody/Kabul, Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Browne, and Slavs! Kushner also wrote the book and lyrics, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori, for the musical Caroline, or Change.
Kushner has received three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Cultural Achievement Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement among many others. In 2008, Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest theater award in the United States. Earlier this year, he was presented with a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.
The subject of a documentary, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner made by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, Kushner lives in New York City with his husband, Mark Harris. Kushner's latest projects include an upcoming HBO series and a new screenplay for Spielberg.
* Photo, Joan Marcus