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.