The Theater of Tony Kushner: Living Past Hope

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Drama - 274 pages
This sweeping chronicle of playwright Tony Kushner examines his plays 'Angels in America' and 'Homebody/Kabul' alongside all of Kushner's full-length, one-act and adapted works to illuminate his progressive politics, his techniques and themes and his place in American and international drama.
 

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Contents

Preface
ix
List of Illustrations
xv
Acknowledgments
xvii
The Feathers and the Mirrors and the Smoke
1
A Short Biography
14
Yes Yes No No
16
Past Heaven through the Earth to Hell A Bright Room Called Day
21
The Progress of Death in the Land of Pure Delight Hydriotaphia or The Death of Dr Browne
38
Widows
161
An Undoing World Kushners OneActs
169
Notes on Akiba
175
Reverse Transcription Six Playwrights Bury a Seventh A TenMinute Play Thats Nearly Twenty Minutes Long
178
Terminating or Lass Meine Schmerzen Nicht Verloren Sein or Ambivalence
182
G David Schine in Hell
185
And the Torso Even More So
188
The Great Work Continues Screenplays Activism and Future Projects
194

Troubling the Waters Angels in America A Gay Fantasia on National Themes
54
Millennium Approaches
60
Perestroika
75
What Is to Be Done? Slavs Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness
93
Transformations and Convergences Kushners Adaptations
111
The Illusion
112
Stella
121
St Cecilia or The Power of Music
127
Grimm
134
A Dybbuk
139
The Good Person of Setzuan
151
East Coast Ode to Howard Jarvis
195
Caroline or Change
198
Henry Box Brown or The Mirror of Slavery
206
Politics and Activism
208
Future Projects
212
Production History
215
References
223
Select Bibliography
233
Index
267
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About the author (2002)

College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He has published books on Al Jolson, Spencer Tracy, Eddie Cantor, and the history of commedia dell'arte in the twentieth century, In 1996, he staged the Indiana premiere of Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches.

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