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Tony Kushner

Born: 16-Jul-1956
Birthplace: Manhattan, NY

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Playwright

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Angels in America

Kushner is the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. The play was turned into an HBO film directed by Mike Nichols and starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, and Emma Thompson. Other works by Kushner include A Bright Room Called Day, Death and Taxes: Hydriotaphia and Other Plays, Slavs!, The Good Person of Setzuan, and The Illusion.

[1] Andrea Bernstein, interview, Mother Jones magazine, July/August 1995, describing him as "a gay Jewish socialist who was raised in Louisiana." When asked about political reactions, he responded "One of the things I learned in Slavs! is that it's much easier to talk about being gay than it is to talk about being a socialist. People are afraid of socialism, and plays that deal with economics are scarier to them."

Father: William Kushner
Mother: Sylvia Deutscher
Husband: Mark Harris

    University: BA English Literature, Columbia University (1978)
    University: Graduate School, New York University (1984)

    Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1993 for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
    amfAR National Council
    Dramatists Guild of America
    Obama for America

    Making the Boys (18-Jul-2009) · Himself
    Outrage (24-Apr-2009) · Himself
    Theater of War (Apr-2008)
    Show Business: The Road to Broadway (19-Apr-2007) · Himself
    Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner (Jan-2006) · Himself
    The Great New Wonderful (22-Apr-2005) · Himself

Author of books:
Brundibar (2003, opera, illustrated by Maurice Sendak)
Refugees in an Age of Genocide: Global, National, and Local Perspectives During the Twentieth Century (1999, nonfiction, with Katharine Knox)

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