Tony Kushner

Playwright, Screenwriter, Director
Tony Kushner brought the AIDS epidemic to the cultural fore in the early 1990s with his poignant play "Angels in America," before going on to enjoy a highly-regarded career as a screenwriter with the much-praised ... Read more »
Born: 07/15/1956 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (13)

Wilde Salome 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Making the Boys 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Outrage 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Theater of War 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Great New Wonderful 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Wrestling with Angels 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Changing Stages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jewish Soul, American Beat 1999 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Signature: George C. Wolfe 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Angels 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Angels in America (TV Show)

Source Material

Biography

Tony Kushner brought the AIDS epidemic to the cultural fore in the early 1990s with his poignant play "Angels in America," before going on to enjoy a highly-regarded career as a screenwriter with the much-praised scripts for "Munich" (2005) and "Lincoln" (2012). Louisiana-raised and educated at New York City's two most prestigious universities, Kushner in the late 1980s began working on a sprawling ensemble piece examining the impact of AIDS on a cross-section of the New York gay community amid the repression and moral confusion of the Reagan era. After much-buzzed about preview performances in San Francisco and London, "Angels in America" debuted on Broadway in the spring of 1993 via part one, subtitled "Millennium Approaches," followed by part two, "Perestroika," which debuted later in the year. It became a critical and financial blockbuster, with the former winning the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer for drama that year, and the latter winning the Tony in 1994. Kushner adapted "Angels" for a 2003 miniseries presentation on HBO and segued into film work in a succession of collaborations with Steven Spielberg, beginning with a screenplay for the historical espionage tale "Munich," followed by the much-heralded drama centered on the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Oscar-nominated, Emmy-awarded and a recipient of every major drama laurel, Kushner did as much as any artist to bring attention to the issues of social justice and cultural alienation as it pertained to the LGBT community.

Relationships

Mark Harris

Husband
Editor of Entertainment Weekly and author of Pictures at a Revolution - Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood Held commitment ceremony April 2003 Married 2008 in Provincetown, MA

William Kushner

Father

Sylvia Kushner

Mother

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York 1978

Milestones

2012

Re-teamed with director Steven Spielberg to write screenplay for "Lincoln"

2009

Wrote "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures" for the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis

2006

Penned a new translation of Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage and Her Children"; performed at the Delacorte Theater and starred Meryl Streep

2006

Subject of Freida Lee Mock's documentary feature "Wrestling With Angels"; debuted at the Sundance Film Festival

2005

Penned the screenplay for Steven Spielberg's "Munich," which centered on aftermath of tragic massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at 1972 Munich Olympic Games; earned Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Screenplay

2002

Adapted his play "Angels in America" into HBO miniseries directed by Mike Nichols

2002

Directed "Helen" at the Public Theatre

2001

Premiered "Homebody/Kabul" at New York Theatre Workshop

1999

Provided commentary for Ric Burns' epic "New York" (PBS)

1998

Contributed one-act play to the omnibus evening "Love's Fire"; produced at NYC's Public Theatre

1997

Asked by actress Kika Markham to create a monologue for her, which became "Homebody"

1995

Penned adaptation of "The Dybbuk"; produced at Hartford Stage; also produced at NYC's Public Theatre in 1997

1994

Adapted Brecht's "Good Person of Setzuan" from Wendy Arons' translation; produced at La Jolla Playhouse

1994

Penned "Slavs! Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness" for the New York Theatre Workshop

1993

Debuted "Angels in America" on Broadway; aired in two parts, "Millennium Approaches" and "Perestroika"

1992

Breakthrough stage work, the award-winning "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes"; first staged at the Eureka Theater in San Francisco

1991

Collaborated with Ariel Dorfman on adapting Dorfman's play "Widows" for American audiences; produced in Los Angeles, CA

1991

Penned the play "A Bright Room Called Day," which was staged at NYC's Public Theatre

1989

Adapted Corneille's "The Illusion" for the stage; produced in NYC and at Hartford Stage in 1990

1987

Wrote "Hydriotaphia, or The Death of Dr. Browne"; remained unstaged until 1998 when it was co-produced by the Alley Theatre in Texas and the Berkeley Repertory Company in California

1987

Play "A Bright Room Called Day" premiered in San Francisco, CA

1987

Adapted "Stella," from the play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; produced in New York City

1985

First professional production as a playwright, "Yes Yes No No: The Solace-of-Solstice, Apogee/Perigee, Bestial/Celestial Holiday Show" at the Imaginary Theatre Company in St. Louis, MO

1979

Worked as a switchboard operator at the United Nations Plaza Hotel

1974

Moved back to NYC to attend Columbia University

Born in New York City and raised in Lake Charles, LA

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