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February 23, 2004
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
(908) 737-NEWS

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Tony Kushner to visit Kean University

UNION, N.J. – Kean University is proud to present An Evening with Tony Kushner on Thursday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. The Pulitzer Prize- winning playwright is best known for his play, Angels in America, which Newsweek called “the broadest, deepest, most searching American play of our time.” It recently reached millions of viewers as an HBO miniseries that won two Screen Actors Guild Awards® and six Golden Globe Awards, including Best Mini-Series Made for Television.

In addition to discussing Angels, Kushner will read from a work in progress and talk about his more recent works, including the English libretto for Brundibar – a revival of a Czech opera performed in the 1940s by children of Theresienstadt, a Nazi concentration camp. He will also express his thoughts on moral responsibility in politically oppressive times; Jews in America; and the contentious debates over the Middle East. Leonard Lopate, host of WNYC public radio’s popular midday talk show, will preside.

Kushner will be available after the program to sign price-reduced copies of his books: Angels in America; Brundibar (with Maurice Sendak); The Art of Maurice Sendak; Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; and Save Your Democratic Citizen Soul!: Rants, Screeds and Other Public Utterances for Midnight in the Republic.

This event wraps up the Sixth Annual Jewish Studies Lecture/Artist Series, which is co-sponsored by the Kean University Jewish Studies Program and the Unity Club. Kushner’s visit is also supported by Kean University’s Contemporary Writers Series and the Council for Part-Time Students. Tickets are $15 for the general public. Students, faculty and staff with valid Kean University identification may receive one free ticket per person. Call the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) to reserve a ticket or request more information.