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The phenomenally positive response to Angels in America was matched by the equally enthusiastic reception of its young, politically engaged playwright, who impressed journalists and scholars with his eloquent intellect, wit, and moral convictions. Kushner spoke for a younger generation of American artists and activists whose art is intimately connected to social vision and "revolutionary" possibilities in the public and private sectors. His role as a generational (read "national," "liberal," "socialist," "Jewish," "queer") spokesman has provided him with a public platform from which to address concerns that lie at the center of national debate. In a short time Kushner has captured and retained a nation's fascination, and his opinions are widely sought out on a wide range of topics. And, most often, the platform from which Kushner expresses his ideas is the personal interview, in which he boldly confronts Americans to rethink, even to reinvent, themselves as the Millennium approaches.
Tony Kushner in Conversation is the first book to compile Kushner's most significant interviews of the past decade, tracing his career from its early years to his maturing artistic and political visions. The collection includes pieces that first appeared in an amazingly broad range of periodicals as well as interviews not previously published, such as his appearance on PBS on The Charlie Rose Show.
In addition to Angels in America, Tony Kushner is author of Slavs! and is currently finishing work on Henry Box Brown, scheduled to have its world premiere at the Royal National Theatre in the summer of 1997.
Robert Vorlicky is Associate Professor of Drama at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
|List of Works|
|Introduction: "Two not One"||1|
|Look Back - and Forward - in Anger||11|
|Tony Kushner at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain||18|
|The Eye of the Storm||30|
|Tony, Tonys, and Television||44|
|AIDS, Angels, Activism, and Sex in the Nineties||51|
|Thinking about Fabulousness||62|
|The Oddest Phenomena in Modern History||77|
|Liza Gets Another Tony||85|
|The Gay Rights Movement - Twenty-Five Years||93|
|I Always Go Back to Brecht||105|
|The Proust Questionnaire||125|
|A Conversation with Tony Kushner and Robert Altman||128|
|The Road to Optimism||148|
|On Art, Angels, and "Postmodern Fascism"||152|
|Tony Kushner's Angels||157|
|On Art and Politics||170|
|The Theater and the Barricades||188|
|Wrestling with Angels||217|
|Not on Broadway||231|
|Why Get Out of Bed?||245|
|Poetry, Plays, Politics, and Shifting Geographies||255|