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Playwright and Screenwriter Tony Kushner to Visit Hendrix College Campus

CONWAY, Ark. (March 15, 2018) – In a profile of Tony Kushner in the New Yorker, John Lahr said Kushner “gives voice to characters who have been rendered powerless by the forces of circumstances—a drag queen dying of AIDS, an uneducated Southern maid, contemporary Afghans—and his attempt to see all sides of their predicament has a sly subversiveness. He forces the audience to identify with the marginalized—a humanizing act of the imagination.”                    

Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner will visit Hendrix College on April 10, 2018. That evening, at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium, he will be interviewed on stage by Dr. Jay Barth, Hendrix professor of politics, in “A Conversation with Tony Kushner.” This event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception and book signing in Mills Lobby and Library.

Best known for his two-part epic Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, Kushner is also the author of A Bright Room Called DayHomebody/Kabul, and Caroline, or Change, among other works. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of Angels in America and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. In 2012, his screenplay for Spielberg’s Lincoln was nominated for an Academy Award and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, among others. 

The new, updated edition of his Angels in America is published with the author’s recent changes and a new introduction in celebration of the twentieth anniversary of its original production. One of the most honored American plays in history, Angels in America was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It was made into an Emmy Award-winning HBO film directed by Mike Nichols. This two-part epic, subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” has received hundreds of performances worldwide in more than 26 languages.

In addition to these awards, Kushner is also the recipient of an Emmy Award, three Obie Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement in the American Theatre Award, and he received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013.

His recent work includes a collection of one-act plays entitled Tiny Kushner and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Kushner is currently working with Steven Spielberg again—this time on a film remake of the 1961 movie West Side Story. Kushner has written the script and the film is now in the casting process.

This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Henryetta Vanaman, 501-450-4597 or

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