The Writer’s Voice series at Southwestern will bring to campus Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner Oct. 20 for a public address.

Kushner is perhaps most widely known for his acclaimed Broadway production “Angels in America,” which received a Pulitzer, two Tony Awards, the New York Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and numerous other honors. In 1998, London’s National Theatre selected Angels in America as one of the ten best plays of the 20th Century.

Educated at NYU and Columbia, the gay, Jewish, socialist Louisiana native typically addresses “weighty philosophical and political topics” and “most enjoys addressing audiences that are receptive to ideas for change and progress,” according to his publicist.

The New York Times said, “Some playwrights want to change the world. Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.”

The Writer’s Voice, in conjunction with the A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library Center, annually brings to campus authors of national or international prominence for a public lecture, as well as interaction with students and community members. Past speakers include Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon Russell Banks and Joyce Carol Oates.


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