A Conversation with Tony Kushner
One of America’s most celebrated dramatists and screenwriters, and a loud, proud and fast-talking gay Jew, Tony Kushner has never hesitated to take on the world - or world history.
- He chronicled the first decade of the AIDS crisis in his 1991 play in Angels in America, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize.
- In his 2005 screenplay for Munich, he captured the moral dilemmas Israel faced in response to a horrendous terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympics.
- In 2004 he led characters and the audience in the complicated dance between a southern Jewish family and their African American maid in the 1960s in the musical Caroline, or Change.
- In 2013 he brought the world face to face with America’s 16th president in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
- Just last year, CBST was thrilled to welcome Tony as our Stonewall 50 -- World Pride Shabbat speaker.
In a conversation with CBST’s Senior Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Tony Kushner will discuss life as a literary legend, the breadth of his work, his commitment to Jewish ethics, his tangles with some in the Jewish community about Israel, and how eerily familiar his Angel might find today’s America.