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New Date for Tony Kushner Appearance at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The Ithaca College appearance by playwright Tony Kushner originally scheduled for Feb. 21 will now take place on Monday, April 4. “An Interview with Tony Kushner” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Hoerner Theater, Dillingham Center. It is free and open to the public.

Kushner is best known for his epic two-part play “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” the story of two couples whose relationships are disintegrating, set in the 1980s against a backdrop of greed, conservatism, sexual politics and the discovery of an awful new disease: AIDS.

Kushner will be interviewed on stage by Claire Gleitman, professor and chair of the Department of English, who has been teaching an honors seminar on Kushner and “Angels in America” this semester.

“I hope the audience will leave the interview knowing a great deal more about Kushner’s influences, his literary and political preoccupations, and his sense of what theatre at its best can do in and for the world,” said Gleitman.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions as well after the formal interview. Kushner will sign copies of his books following the presentation.

Among his many honors, Kushner has received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award and Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He won the Tony Award for Best Play in both 1993 and 1994, an Emmy Award for the HBO adaptation of “Angels in America,” and a Laurence Olivier Award for his musical, “Caroline, or Change.”

Kushner’s appearance is sponsored by the Distinguished Speaker in the Humanities Lecture Series in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Previous speakers have included author Salman Rushdie, former poet laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky and political philosopher Martha Nussbaum.

For more information, contact the School of Humanities and Sciences at (607) 274-3102.