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Tony Kushner Visits GWU

Permanent Link | Posted by Brant on March 20, 2013 12:34 PM


Tony_Kushner_150.jpgTony Kushner, author of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play "Angles in America" will be visiting George Washington University's campus in April, and there are many events that are open to the public on campus leading up to this spectacular event.

APRIL 9th:
An Evening With Tony Kushner
Live at the Jack Morton Auditorium at 7 PM on April 9th.
Free and open to the public (first come first serve seating)

The event is sponsored by the English Department and made possible by a generous donation by David Bruce Smith.

Kushner will sign books and greet students/attendees afterwards.


Tomorrow evening from 6-9 PM in 2108 G St. NW (Room P201) will be a screening of Marlon Riggs's acclaimed documentary "Tongues Untied," considered the most important statement on the African American queer experience of the AIDS epidemic. This is part of our on-going film series ACTING UP: Queer Film and Video in the Time of AIDS. All are welcome to join and we encourage people to RSVP to Information on the series can be found at

This Friday, March 22nd, from 12-2 PM in Rome 771
will be the first of a short series of workshops on Tony Kushner's plays to introduce students to his work prior to his visit. This session will feature his Civil Rights musical "Caroline, or Change" and will be lead by American Studies Ph.D. students Shannon Davis Mancus and Justin Mann.


On Thursday, March 28 in Rome Hall 771 at 3:00 pm Professor Bob Combs will be giving a keynote lecture exploring the central themes and influences of Tony Kushner's work with particular attention to "Angles in America." This talk is titled, "Kushner's Angels and Demons."

Also on Thursday, March 28 in MPA B07 will be a of screening the first half of HBO's mini-series version of "Angels in America" as part of our ACTING UP film series. We'll be screening Part II the following evening, Friday March 29th in Rome 771. All screenings are introduced by faculty (in this case myself) followed by a discussion.

Finally, Friday March 29th from 12-2 PM in Rome 771 will be the second of our two workshop series on "Angels in America," where we'll introduce the play to students/faculty and lead a discussion on some of its central themes. These workshops are intended to give people a primer on Kushner's work before his visit. No advance reading or preparation required.


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