About the Author
Born in New York City in 1956, and raised in Lake
Charles, Louisiana, Tony Kushner is best known for his two-part
epic, ANGELS IN AMERICA: A GAY FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES. His
other plays include A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, SLAVS!,
HYDROTAPHIA, HOMEBODY/KABUL, and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, the musical
for which he wrote book and lyrics, with music by composer
Jeanine Tesori. Kushner has translated and adapted Pierre
Corneille's THE ILLUSION, S.Y. Ansky's THE DYBBUK, Bertolt
Brecht's THE GOOD PERSON OF SEZUAN and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER
CHILDREN, and the English-language libretto for the children's
opera BRUNDIBÁR by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike
Nichols' film of Angels in America and Steven Spielberg's Munich.
In 2012 he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg's movie Lincoln.
His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the
New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film
Critics Award, Chicago Film Critics Award, and several others.
His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and
Brundibar: The Libretto, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak;
The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling
with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the
Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. His
recent work includes a collection of one-act plays entitled TINY
KUSHNER, and THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND
SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES. He is the subject of a
documentary film, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner,
made by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock. He lives in
Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.