Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner (born July 16, 1956) is an award-winning American playwright.

He was born in Manhattan, but his parents, William and Sylvia (Deutscher) Kushner, both clasically trained musicians, moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana shortly after his birth. Kushner moved to New York in 1974 to begin his undergraduate college education at Columbia University, where he completed a B.A. in English literature in 1978. He studied directing at New York University's Graduate School, where he graduated in 1984.

In April 2003 he shared marriage vows with his male lover, Mark Harris, a magazine editor, in New York.

Table of contents
1 Plays by the Author
2 Books by the Author
3 Other works by Author
4 Magazine Contributions by the Author
5 Interviews with the Author
6 Books about the Author
7 Career
8 Awards

Plays by the Author

Books by the Author

Other works by Author

Magazine Contributions by the Author

  • "The Secrets of Angels," New York Times, 27 March 1994, p. H5.
  • "The State of the Theatre," Times Literary Supplement, 28 April 1995, p. 14.
  • "The Theater of Utopia," Theater, 26 (1995): 9-11.
  • "The Art of the Difficult," Civilization, 4 (August/September 1997): 62-67.
  • "Notes About Political Theater," Kenyon Review, 19 (Summer/Fall 1997): 19-34.
  • "Wings of Desire," Premiere, October 1997: 70.
  • "Fo's Last Laugh--I," Nation, November 3, 1997: 4-5.
  • "A Modest Proposal," American Theatre, January 1998: 20-22, 77-89.
  • "A Word to Graduates: Organize!," Nation, July 1, 2002.
  • "Only We Who Guard The Mystery Shall Be Unhappy," Nationa, March 24, 2003.

Interviews with the Author

  • Gerard Raymond, "Q & A With Tony Kushner," Theatre Week (20-26 December 1993): 14-20.
  • Mark Marvel, "A Conversation with Tony Kushner," Interview, 24 (February 1994): 84.
  • David Savran, "Tony Kushner," in Speaking on Stage: Interviews with Contemporary American Playwrights, edited by Philip C. Kolin and Colby H. Kullman (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1996), pp. 291-313.
  • Robert Vorlicky, ed., Tony Kushner in Conversation (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998).

Books about the Author

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism, Gale (Detroit), Volume 81, 1994.
  • Geis, Deborah R., and Steven F. Kruger, Approaching the Millennium: Essays on Angels in America, University of Michigan Press, 1997.



  • Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • Two Tony Awards
  • Evening Standard Award
  • OBIE
  • New York Drama Critics Circle Award
  • American Academy of Arts and Letters Award
  • Whiting Writers Fellowship
  • Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Fellowship
  • National Foundation of Jewish Culture, Culutral Achievement award

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