Tony Kushner

A bright room called day


Tony Kushner’s plays include A bright room called day, Angels in
America
, Parts one and two, Slavs !, Homebody/Kabul, and Caroline, or
change
, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori. He has written
adaptations of Corneille’s The illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk, and
Brecht’s The good person of Sezuan; as well as English-language libretti
for the operas Brundibar by Hans Krasa, and The comedy on the bridge by Bohuslav Martinu. His screen adaptation of Angels in America, directed
by Mike Nichols, premiered in 2003 on HBO. Recent books include :
Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; the text for 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.
Mr. Kushner was born in Manhattan and grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He has a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.F.A. in directing from NYU, where he studied with Carl Weber. He lives in Manhattan.