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Tony Kushner

Teaching Thanksgiving Dinner at the University of Paris 8

Karin Badt | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
Karin Badt

This year like every year I had my theater class in Paris create Thanksgiving dinners. I gave them the same instructions I always do: four family m...

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 9: Waltzing With The Enemy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.04.2016 | Home
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Steve Mass, the Mudd Club, Wagner and Me by Lawrence D. Mass Steve Mass, Comrades in Arms For those who've wondered about the origins of Steve Ma...

Interview: Joe Mantello Directs, Part 2

Steven Suskin | Posted 05.10.2016 | Home
Steven Suskin

Joe Mantello Photo: Brigitte Lacombe Over the last twenty seasons, Joe Mantello has directed thirty plays and musicals (including Take Me Out, Assas...

Who Lose, Who Thrives When White Creatives Tell Black Stories

Tonya Pinkins | Posted 01.06.2017 | Home
Tonya Pinkins

Twice this year (but too many times in my career) my perspective as a Black woman was dismissed in favor of a portrait seen through the filter of the White gaze. Regrettably, I have exited Classic Stage Company's MOTHER COURAGE as a result.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Steven's Court

Jerry Zezima | Posted 04.05.2015 | Home
Jerry Zezima

As a Connecticut Yankee born and bred -- or perhaps I should say born and white-bread, which is how most people think of Connecticut Yankees -- I have always loved history, not just because I am old enough to be historical myself, but because I could never do algebra.

Closing the Empathy Gap

George Heymont | Posted 03.03.2015 | Home
George Heymont

As technology allows us to erect more and more electronic barriers around us, the value of removing one's earbuds and looking up from one's smartphone becomes increasingly important. Some people understand how to use new technology while others remain decidedly unclear on the concept.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 4: Comparing the Jewish Protests of Klinghoffer with the Gay Protests of Cruising and by ACT UP

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 01.12.2015 | Home
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

In the case of Klinghoffer, as in the case of Cruising, the bottom lines for me are simple. I am concerned about some of the rhetoric and tactics of some gay radicals, but I am a lot more concerned about homophobia.

American Families in Crisis

George Heymont | Posted 09.03.2014 | Home
George Heymont

While each of these dramas deals with weighty issues, it's no surprise to hear the audience frequently laughing during the performance. Is it because one man's tragedy is another man's comedy? Or because human beings, in their most fallible moments, are a constant source of wonder and entertainment?

Kushner's Epic Guide in Berkeley: Edgy Portrait of Family's Turmoil

Leo Stutzin | Posted 07.27.2014 | San Francisco
Leo Stutzin

Given the sharp characters, bright dialogue and ambitious conception, I have to hope that Kushner and company can pull all the pieces together into a drama that engages the emotions as well as the mind. It's not there yet.

'Political Paralysis' From The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.15.2014 | Home
Paul Loeb

We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.

Global Warming: The Inevitability Trap

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Home
Paul Loeb

Is the biggest hurdle on climate change outright denial? Or is it the sense that of being overwhelmed and too late, that there's nothing we can do?

Best Commencement Speech Ever for Environmental Hope?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.06.2014 | Home
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

Best Environmental Commencement Speech Ever?

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.02.2014 | Home
Paul Loeb

Paul Hawken has long been one of my heroes. He was the press coordinator for Martin Luther King's historic Selma-to-Montgomery march. He turned a smal...

The Oscar-Winning Role That Liam Neeson Turned Down

Posted 03.27.2014 | Home

Daniel Day-Lewis transformed Abraham Lincoln into an Oscar-winning film role, but before he was attached to Steven Spielberg's biopic, Liam Neeson was...

Stars of David: From Book to Off-Broadway

Lisa Alcalay Klug | Posted 02.09.2014 | Home
Lisa Alcalay Klug

When author Abigail Pogrebin was 16, she landed a role in the original cast of a Stephen Sondheim Broadway show, "Merrily We Roll Along," which she de...

Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart -- Julia Roberts in HBO Film

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 08.27.2013 | Home
Alison Winfield Burns

Larry Kramer sits down at the New York Historical Society Museum. The Smith Auditorium is packed. Two tiers of seats, filled.

Dick Gregory: "What I'm Running From" Bryn Mawr College Feb. 28

Lonna Saunders | Posted 04.29.2013 | Home
Lonna Saunders

Mr. Dick Gregory -- presidential candidate, comedian, author, actor, army, postal worker, civil rights activist, entrepreneur in nutrition and the health food industry -- has done it all. What does he like doing best?

A "We" Grows in Brooklyn: Another Fight for Free Speech

Danny Schechter | Posted 04.15.2013 | New York
Danny Schechter

Here we go again: Pro-Israel zealots in New York were threatening the funding of Brooklyn College.

'Lincoln' Screenwriter Blasts Congressman

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 02.08.2013 | Home

Oscar season: When Pulitzer Prize winners fight with Congressmen over movies. On Tuesday, Congressman Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) blasted Steven Spielbe...

Lincoln

Jill Robinson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Jill Robinson

Just as I've been brooding about theatre and what it does that film cannot, I went to see Lincoln for the second time. There is no more vigorous movie...

Will Lincoln Win?

Sean Wilentz | Posted 03.27.2013 | Home
Sean Wilentz

For almost exactly a hundred years, Hollywood has been complicit -- no, salient -- in promoting pro-Confederate falsehoods about the Civil War and Reconstruction. Now Spielberg and Kushner and everyone involved in Lincoln have at last declared, "Enough!"

WATCH: Tony Kushner on Lincoln and Practical Politics

Bill Moyers | Posted 02.18.2013 | Home
Bill Moyers

In extended video clips from this weekend's Moyers & Company, Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter behind Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, talks about his approach to writing the movie and how it affected his own view of democracy.

Who Are Our Angels In The Epidemic?

Janet Weinberg | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Janet Weinberg

On Saturday, Dec. 8, we bore witness to our "angels in America" -- our continuum of GMHC families. First stop: the Harlem Children's Zone, the location of the annual holiday party for families that GMHC works with who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Rethinkin' Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation

Bill Bigelow | Posted 02.12.2013 | Home
Bill Bigelow

In coming months and years, teachers' jobs will be made harder by Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln, in which Daniel Day-Lewis gives a brilliant performance as, well, Lincoln-the-abolitionist. The only problem is that Lincoln was not an abolitionist.

Spielberg's 'Lincoln': The Art And The Impartation

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 02.03.2013 | Home
Stephen Mansfield

Some films remind us of the past. Some films bring the past to bear upon our own times. Few have the power to impart the spirit that was upon our fathers. "Lincoln" does.