StudioTulsa
4:36 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

TU's Presidential Lecture Series Welcomes the Award-Winning Playwright Tony Kushner

On this edition of ST, we speak with Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who's well-known and widely celebrated for his drama, "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," which first appeared in the early 1990s, and which was thereafter converted into an HBO-TV miniseries  that was directed by Mike Nichols. Kushner's other plays include "A Bright Room Called Day" and "Caroline, or Change" --- and he's written the screenplays for two of Steven Spielberg's films, "Munich" and "Lincoln." (Earlier this year, Kushner received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.) Kushner will speak in the University of Tulsa's Presidential Lecture Series tomorrow night, Tuesday the 12th, at 7:30pm; the lecture is free and open to the public, and it will happen at the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the TU campus. Kushner is a writer and critic whose works confront some of today's most sensitive social, cultural, and political issues; on our show today, he speaks about, among other topics, another playwright who was (rather like himself) known and revered for engaging in matters political: Bertolt Brecht. (You can learn more of Kusher's upcoming appearance at TU here. The Presidential Lecture Series, sponsored by the Darcy O'Brien Endowed Chair, was established to bring world-class speakers to our community from a range of backgrounds, including the arts, humanities, sciences, technology, education, media, and public affairs.)

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