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Tony Kushner

Playwright and screenwriter

Tony Kushner is one of the most accomplished playwrights of our time. He first came to national prominence in the early 90’s with the Pulitzer-Prize winning play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, an examination of the AIDS epidemic set against a backdrop of American religious, political and social history.

The Louisiana-bred writer is the author of several other plays, including A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Homebody/Kabul, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide To Capitalism and the musical Caroline, or Change. Kushner is also a prolific screenwriter, most recently penning, Lincoln, the Steven Spielberg-directed film about the passing of the 13th amendment. He also co-wrote another of Spielberg’s films, Munich, and wrote the screenplay to HBO’s Emmy Award-winning adaptation of Angels in America.

Kushner is a self-proclaimed “man of the left,” an activist and progressive thinker whose works not only include theater scripts and screenplays, but essays and children’s books, including Brundibar with the late Maurice Sendak.

Kushner has won two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Emmy Award, an Oscar nomination, and the New York Film Critics Circle award. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.