A Bright Room Called Day: About Tony Kushner – curious arts

Studio Theatre presents A Bright Room Called Day by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner, running October 12-21, 2017, at the Timms Centre for the Arts.

Recognized as a major figure in world theatre, Tony Kushner’s writing combines a remarkable erudition with a deep understanding of the human heart. Deeply political, his works are both unflinching and tender. They are a searing commentary on our times.

He was born in New York City in 1956 to the children of eastern-European immigrants. His parents were both professional musicians and their own passion for art and politics was passed on to their son; Kushner was passionately political from a young age.

He grew up in Louisiana but returned to New York to study, graduating from Columbia University with a BA in English literature in 1978. A few years later, he took an MFA in Theatre Directing at the Tisch School of the Arts.

He began to write in earnest in the early 1980s and enjoyed rapid and dramatic success. His early plays – including A Bright Room Called Day which was completed in 1985 – garnered international acclaim and won a number of major awards. He has never really paused for breath and continues to write prolifically for stage and screen.

Kushner is best known for his play Angels in America (a play in two parts: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) which shook the theatre world to its core when it was first produced in 1991. A seven-hour tour de force about how the AIDS epidemic unfolded in Reagan’s America, it continues to be produced in theatres throughout the world and was adapted into an HBO miniseries for which Kushner wrote the screenplay.

He is currently writing a new play – his first since 2009 – about the rise of Donald Trump.

by Tony Kushner
Directed by Brenley Charkow

Set/Props/Lighting Designer: Lee Livingstone
Costume Designer: Reza Basirzadeh
Sound Designer: Michael Caron
Video Designer: Matt Schuurman

Timms Centre for the Arts
October 12–21, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Preview October 11 at 7:30 pm
No Show October 15 Matinee October 19 at 12:30 pm

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