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'Angels in America,' the Spare, Dutch Version

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Theater director Ivo van Hove presents Tony Kushner's masterwork on an empty stage.

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WQXR Blog

Video: Obama Presents National Medal of the Arts to Renée Fleming, Tony Kushner

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

President Obama presented the National Medal of Arts to 12 recipients including Renée Fleming during a White House ceremony on Wednesday.

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Studio 360

American Icons: Moby-Dick

Friday, December 30, 2011

In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of the great white whale.

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It's A Free Country ®

Plays with Politics

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The thought of Israel being destroyed is monstrous. I believe that being willing to speak out loud when one feels critical of the policies of the Israeli government you are actually making the state more secure, not less, I believe that about the American government as well. I believe that silence in the face of government misbehavior endangers the health of any democracy.

—Award winning playwright Tony Kushner on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Studio 360

Tony Kushner's Family Values

Friday, May 06, 2011

Tony Kushner may be the most ambitious playwright of our age.  His Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America grappled with being gay, American politics, and the AIDS crisis.  And he continues to think big: his new play is called The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures.  It's swarming with outspoken, esoteric, funny...

Slideshow: Scenes from Tony Kushner's new play

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Studio 360

Bin Laden's Hollywood Ending & Faking Shakespeare

Friday, May 06, 2011

Hollywood comes to Abbottabad. Kurt Andersen says that the ten-year manhunt for Osama bin Laden has played out like a movie, with a surprise ending. Also in the hour, conversations with playwright Tony Kushner and novelist Arthur Phillips, who has written a new play by Shakespeare — anyone can do ...

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Studio 360

University Denies Tony Kushner Award Over Views on Israel

Thursday, May 05, 2011

No stranger to controversy — the cliché fits Tony Kushner, whose groundbreaking play cycle Angels in America (subtitle A Gay Fantasia on National Themes) was one of the major flashpoints in the modern culture war.  Now Kushner's views are once again subject of debate, this time from an unexpected quarter.

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Transportation Nation

Tony Kushner: "Homosexual," "Socialism" on Sides of Minneapolis Buses

Saturday, March 12, 2011

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  Over at our sister site, WNYC Culture, I've posted an interview I did with award-winning playwright Tony Kushner on his plays, old and new, and how they reflect back on American politics.

It's the third interview I've done with Kushner since 1995, and this time we talked about his new play, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures opening in New York later this month,  Angels in America,the revival of which runs until the end of April, his work on the screenplay for Munich, and what he thinks of the The Kids are Alright.

And, yes, we did talk about buses (read to the end of this excerpt):

Here's an excerpt:

AB: Your new play is the…

TK: Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures.

AB: Thank you.

TK: It’s about ten, God when was it, about 1997, my grandmother, my father’s mother, died in Louisiana where I’m from and I went down to Louisiana to help my father sort of pack up. Her husband—my grandfather—had been dead since 1984 and she died in 1997 and we went down to sort of pack up the house. They were wonderfully educated people and they had the kind of library that you’d expect very educated Jewish people of their generation to have. They had the Encyclopedia Britannica 11th Edition and they had the plays of Ibsen and the novels of Mark Twain, Dickens, and they had a lot of Shaw. And one of the things I found that I’d never even heard of it was this book that Shaw wrote called The Intelligent Women’s Guide to Socialism and Capitalism, which I thought was just a wonderful title.

And I sort of decided,

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Features

Tony Kushner On His New Play, Unions, Forgiveness and Mark Ruffalo

Friday, March 11, 2011

Kushner recently sat down with WNYC's Andrea Bernstein to talk about "Angels in America," his new play, dubbed “iHo,” writing the screenplay for Stephen Spielberg’s Munich, unions, cheating, forgiveness and much more.

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Studio 360

Moby Dick

Saturday, November 05, 2005

In this Peabody Award-winning show, Kurt Andersen sets sail in search of Moby-Dick. Herman Melville’s white whale survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights and musicians. Kurt Andersen explores the influence of this American icon with the help of Ray ...

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Angels in America

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Tony Kushner's Angels in America was a sprawling, epic 2-part play that burst onto the Broadway stage in 1993. Kushner, along with his director George C. Wolfe and a stellar cast, crafted a monumental response to the 1980's. The play created a world populated by ghosts, angels, ...

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Angels, Slackers, Cintra

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Kurt Andersen and writer Cintra Wilson look at the decade bookended by end of the Cold War and the terrorist attacks of 2001. We'll hear about the hazy allure of the slacker and discover how hip-hop crossed into the cultural and commercial mainstream. And Frank Rich, Stephen Spinella, and Tony Kushner talk ...

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Tony Kushner

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Kurt Andersen and the playwright Tony Kushner talk about knowing when a work of art is finished. The author of Angels in America, Kushner spent several years re-writing his play Homebody/Kabul, continuing to revise throughout its two separate runs. 

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Kushner, Quixote, Zoo Story

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Kurt Andersen and the playwright Tony Kushner talk about knowing when a work of art is finished. The author of Angels in America, Kushner spent several years re-writing his play Homebody, Kabul, continuing to revise throughout its two separate runs.

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Studio 360

Ishmael, Ahab, Moby

Saturday, December 04, 2004

This American Icon continues to resonate in our culture more than 150 years after it was written. Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights and musicians. Kurt Anderson explores the contemporary influence of Herman Melville’s brilliant novel, ...

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Kushner, Quixote, Zoo Story

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Kurt Andersen and the playwright Tony Kushner talk about knowing when a work of art is complete.

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