The Theater of Tony Kushner: Living Past Hope
The Theater of Tony Kushner: Living Past Hope by James Fisher
The Theater of Tony Kushner is a comprehensive portrait of the life and work of one of America's most important contemporary playwrights. Kushner established himself as a preeminent figure in American theater with his towering two-play epic, Angels in America, in the early 1990s. Like George Bernard Shaw and Bertolt Brecht, Kushner uses the stage as a platform to raise complicated and frightening questions about morality, politics, and sexuality. Kushner's political engagement continues in his most recent play Homebody/Kabul, a prescient meditation on Afghanistan that debuted only a few months after September 11 and went on to win an Obie Award.
In this sweeping chronicle of the Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, theater scholar James Fisher examines these works alongside all of Kushner's full-length, one-act, adapted works to illuminate his progressive politics, his techniques and themes, and his place in American and international drama. This book is an essential introduction to Kushner's oeuvre for anyone with an interest in contemporary theater, and a trove of scintillating insights and anecdotes for Kushner's many fans.