Anthony Robert Kushner is an American playwright and screenwriter. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for his play Angels in America adapted it for HBO in 2003, he co-authored the screenplay for the 2005 film Munich, he wrote the screenplay for the 2012 film Lincoln. Both films were critically acclaimed, he received Academy Award nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, he received a National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama in 2013. Kushner was born in Manhattan, the son of Sylvia, a bassoonist, William David Kushner, a clarinetist and conductor, his family descended from immigrants from Russia and Poland. Shortly after his birth, Kushner's parents moved to Lake Charles, the seat of Calcasieu Parish where he spent his childhood. During high school Kushner was active in policy debate. In 1974, Kushner moved back to New York to begin his undergraduate college education at Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Medieval Studies in 1978, he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, graduating in 1984.
During graduate school, he spent the summers of 1978–1981 directing both early original works and plays by Shakespeare starring the children attending the Governor's Program for Gifted Children in Lake Charles. Kushner has received several honorary degrees: in 2003 from Columbia College Chicago. Kushner's best known work is Angels in America, a seven-hour epic about the AIDS epidemic in Reagan-era New York, adapted into an HBO miniseries for which Kushner wrote the screenplay, his other plays include Hydriotaphia, Slavs!: Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness, A Bright Room Called Day, Homebody/Kabul, the book for the musical Caroline, or Change. His new translation of Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children was performed at the Delacorte Theater in the summer of 2006, starring Meryl Streep and directed by George C. Wolfe. Kushner has adapted Brecht's The Good Person of Szechwan, Corneille's The Illusion, S. Ansky's play The Dybbuk. In the early 2000s, Kushner began writing for film.
His co-written screenplay Munich was produced and directed by Steven Spielberg in 2005. In January 2006, a documentary feature about Kushner entitled Wrestling With Angels debuted at the Sundance Film Festival; the film was directed by Freida Lee Mock. In April 2011 it was announced that he was working with Spielberg again, writing the screenplay for an adaptation of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln; the screenplay for Lincoln would go on to receive multiple awards, in addition to nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Golden Globes and The Oscars. In a 2015 interview actress/producer Viola Davis revealed she had hired Kushner to write an as yet untitled biopic about the life of Barbara Jordan that she planned to star in. In 2016, Kushner worked on a screenplay version of August Wilson's play Fences. Kushner is famous for years-long gestations of his plays. Both Angels in America: Perestroika and Homebody/Kabul were revised after they were first published.
Kushner has admitted that the original script version of Angels in America: Perestroika is nearly double the length of the theatrical version. His newest completed work, the play The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, began as a novel more than a decade ago. Said work opened on May 15, 2009. In 2018 it was announced that Kushner was working on a script of a remake of West Side Story for Spielberg to direct. Kushner's criticism of Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and of the increased religious extremism in Israeli politics and culture has created some controversy with U. S. Jews, including some opposition to his receiving an honorary doctorate at the 2006 commencement of Brandeis University; the Zionist Organization of America unsuccessfully lobbied the university to rescind its invitation to Kushner. During the controversy, quotes critical of Zionism and Israel made by Kushner were circulated. Kushner said at the time that his quotes were "grossly mischaracterized."
Kushner told the Jewish Advocate in an interview, "All that anybody seems to be reading is a couple of right-wing Web sites taking things deliberately out of context and excluding anything that would complicate the picture by making me seem like a reasonable person, which I think I am." In an interview with the Jewish Independent, Kushner commented, "I want the state of Israel to continue to exist. I've always said that. I've never said anything else. My positions misrepresented in so many ways. People claim that I'm for a one-state solution, not true." However, he stated that he hopes that "there might be a merging of the two countries because geographically kind of ridiculous looking on a map," although he acknowledged that political realities make this unlikely in the near future. Kushner has received backlash from family members due to his political views of Israel. On May 2, 2011, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York, at their
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