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Tony Kushner to speak at Kingsbury Hall

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Angels in America playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner will talk with KUER’s Doug Fabrizio onstage at Kingsbury Hall February 5th. Presented by the Tanner Humanities Center at the University of Utah, the unscripted conversation is free and open to the public. Tickets are required, and can be reserved at kingtix.com or by calling 801-581-7100.

Kushner won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for Angels in America, and Tony Awards for Caroline, or Change and Angels in America: Perestroika. His works tackle some of today’s most sensitive social issues. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2005 film Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg. In 2008, he became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest theater award in the United States. He wrote screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film version of Angels In America and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. In 2012, he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s movie Lincoln, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Bob Goldberg, professor of history and director of the Tanner Humanities Center describes Kushner as “a significant talent of stage and film and one of the most important voices in our national conversation about the arts and their role in furthering human rights. We are honored to bring so major a figure to Utah and have him play a role in our Artists in Residence Program at the U.”

The Artists in Residence program, created by the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center and College of Fine Arts, brings important artists and musicians to Utah to lecture, teach, and give culturally significant performances on campus and in the community. The Tanner Center has hosted such past artists in residence as the Al-Andalus ensemble that offered an exotic blend of dance, vocals, and instrumentals reflecting the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures of Medieval Spain and North Africa and last year playwright Anna Deavere Smith.

For more information on the Artist in Residence Program, contact the Tanner Humanities Center at 801.581.7989 or tyler.ford@utah.edu.

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