Tony Kushner is one of the very few writers whose works have been met with such critical acclaim that he probably needs a separate home to serve as a trophy case. Kushner, a prolific playwright, screenwriter, essayist, and author, wrote the groundbreaking play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, a seven-hour epic exploring the gay experience in mid-1980s America during the rise of AIDS. The work was hailed almost universally as a masterpiece, winning a Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award for Best New Play, the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, and scads of others. Kushner then reworked Angels in America for an HBO miniseries in 2003, which earned him an Emmy and a Golden Globe. Kushner later was nominated for an Oscar for his 2005 Munich screenplay. As part of the Hennepin County Library's literary powerhouse Pen Pals series, Kushner will discuss his honor-packed career. Call 612.209.6799 for tickets.
Thu., Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Jan. 30, 11 a.m., 2009