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TTU Presidential Lecture & Performance Series

TTU Presidential Lecture & Performance Series Presents A Conversation with Tony Kushner

Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright of Angels in America
Academy Award-nominated Screenwriter for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln

Lubbock, TX, September 24, 2013 - The Texas Tech University Presidential Lecture and Performance Series opens its 2013-2014 season with A Conversation with Tony Kushner on Friday, October 25th at 7:00 pm in the Allen Theatre, located in the Student Union Building (SUB) of Texas Tech University.
Tony Kushner’s internationally acclaimed and controversial play, Angels In America, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 and numerous Tony Awards. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydrotaphia, Homebody/Kabul, and Caroline, or Change. Kushner is known to tackle some of the most difficult subjects affecting our culture from AIDS to Afghanistan, to that of racism and the civil rights movement in the South.
In a White House ceremony on July 10, President Obama awarded Kushner the National Medal of Arts. According to the White House Office of the Press Secretary, Tony Kushner received the award "for his contributions to American theater and film. Whether for the stage or the silver screen, his scripts have moved audiences worldwide, marrying humor to fury, history to fantasy, and the philosophical to the personal." In 2012, he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s movie Lincoln for which he received an Academy Award nomination and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award. He has won an Emmy for the HBO film version of Angels, three Obies, an Oscar nomination for his screenplay of Steven Spielberg’s film Munich, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Kushner has also penned several books, including But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: the Libretto, The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present, and a collection of one-act plays, entitled Tiny Kushner.
Facilitating the evening’s conversation will be Dr. Mark Charney, Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance.

There will be an opportunity to meet Tony Kushner at a book signing immediately following the conversation.

In collaboration with the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series, Tony Kushner’s translation and adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s seventeenth-century French comedy, The Illusion, will be staged at Maedgen Mainstage Theatre November 21-24 and directed by Jonathan Marks.

The College of Visual & Performing Arts is pleased to honor Tony Kushner as a Visiting Scholar, an appointment made possible through the generosity of the Maegene Nelson Visiting Scholar Program in Cross-Disciplinary Arts.

General admission tickets are $18.00 and available through all Select-A-Seat locations (806) 770-2000 or TTU Students receive one free ticket with valid ID at the SUB information booth located at the entrance to the Allen Theatre on the campus of Texas Tech University.

For more information, please contact Jo Moore at 806.742.0700, by email at or visit and

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