“We have a Shakespearean, Elizabethean temper,” Al Pacino informed a seated crowd Monday evening in Central Park. As part of its 50th Anniversary Gala, the Public Theater was honoring Mr. Pacino with an award, in the form of a prop rapier he had once wielded on stage, “I’m a little nervous,” he laughed. “I wish I had water, but I have a sword,”
Last night, Pulitzer Prize-winner playwright and Abe Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner was awarded $100,000 as part of a joint “Creative Citizenship” Award from The Nation Institute and the Puffin Foundation.
Giving a speech at The Nation Institute’s Annual Gala last night at The Metropolitan Pavilion, Mr. Kushner humbly accepted the prize for his progressive–and somewhat controversial–voice in politics, religion, and theater, noting that he felt a little bit guilty since anytime he heard of anyone winning an award, he always felt a twinge of jealousy. Jokingly, Mr. Kushner gave an example of being aggrieved that Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman won the Nobel Prize this year for the discovery of quasicrystals. “I don’t even understand what quasicrystals are,” Mr. Kushner said. “But I still thought, ‘Aww, why didn’t I win?’”
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld’s mother doesn’t approve.
“Vy are they bothering you?” Mr. Wiesenfeld said on Friday afternoon, channeling her Yiddish. “Vhat they want from you? They don’t pay you. You sit there and they give you problems, aggravation, vhat do you need it for? Go home, see your daughter. Vhy are you sitting there until 8:30 Read More
The Board of Trustees at the City University of New York has just announced that they are holding an emergency meeting Monday night to reconsider the decision to nix the honorary degree awarded to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner.
“I would not ordinarily ask for a reconsideration of a decision so recently taken,” said Read More
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner contacted The Observer earlier this afternoon to respond to an earlier post about the CUNY board of directors nixing a decision by the John Jay faculty to award him an honorary degree after one board member alleged that Kushner had “anti-Israel” views.
Kushner passed along a letter that he has Read More
The City University of New York cancelled plans to award an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner after a board member objected to his “anti-Israel” views.
According to The Jewish Week, board member Jeffrey S. Wiesenfeld raised objections about the possibility that Kushner could be given a chance to speak at the graduation ceremony. Read More
Director Michael Greif’s works have addressed AIDS, mental illness, poverty and self-delusion.
And those are just the musicals.
Brooklyn-born, Mr. Greif has directed Rent, Grey Gardens and Next to Normal on Broadway, to considerable acclaim–Tony nominations for each–and, in the case of Rent, a robust 13-year run. He’s also the director of the current revival Read More
2010 was looking like a big year for Tony Kushner–the Signature Theatre Company will be staging New York’s first revival of Angels in America, his many-hour two-part “Gay Fantasia on National Themes.”
Kushner was also supposed to bring a new play, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism with a Key Read More
The cast of Hair is used to getting naked in front of a packed house on a regular basis, but performing at Broadway Stands Up for Freedom, a concert benefiting the youth programs of the New York Civil Liberties Union, at N.Y.U.’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, like, totally freaked them out. “We were Read More
On Thursday, June 25th, celebrities basked in the early evening sunshine at the opening night of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park. Playwrights Tony Kushner, David Hare and Suzan-Lori Parks; actors Candace Bergen and Patricia Clarkson; comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short; and broadcaster Diane Sawyer were just a few of the stars who Read More