“PERESTROIKA is not only a stunning resolution of the rending human drama of MILLENIUM APPROACHES, but also a true millennial work of art, uplifting, hugely comic and pantheistically religious in a very American style.” —Frank Rich, New York Times
“Playful and profound, extravagantly theatrical and deeply spiritual, witty and compassionate, furious and incredibly smart … It’s impossible to imagine anyone captivated by the beginning not wanting — needing — to go back for the end.” —Linda Winer, Newsday
“ANGELS IN AMERICA is a monumental achievement, the work of a defiantly theatrical imagination that has no parallel on television or in the movies. It ennobles Broadway as no other work in recent memory has.” —Jeremy Gerard, Variety
“Not since Tennessee Williams has a playwright announced his poetic vision with such authority on the Broadway stage … PERESTROIKA is a masterpiece.” —John Lahr, New Yorker
Born in New York City in 1956, and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tony Kushner is best known for his two-part epic, ANGELS IN AMERICA: A GAY FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES. His other plays include A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, SLAVS!, HYDROTAPHIA, HOMEBODY/KABUL, and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, the musical for which he wrote book and lyrics, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori. Kushner has translated and adapted Pierre Corneille's THE ILLUSION, S.Y. Ansky's THE DYBBUK, Bertolt Brecht's THE GOOD PERSON OF SEZUAN and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, and the English-language libretto for the children's opera BRUNDIBÁR by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film of Angels in America and Steven Spielberg's Munich. In 2012 he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg's movie Lincoln. His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Chicago Film Critics Award, and several others. His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: The Libretto, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. His recent work includes a collection of one-act plays entitled TINY KUSHNER, and THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES. In addition, a revival of ANGELS IN AMERICA ran Off-Broadway at the Signature Theater and won the Lucille Lortel Award in 2011 for Outstanding Revival. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement, and the 2012 National Medal of Arts, among many others. CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, produced at the National Theatre of Great Britain, received the EVENING STANDARD Award, the London Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best Musical. In September 2008, Tony Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest theater award in the US. He is the subject of a documentary film, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, made by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.
All licensees are required to give credit to the original stage producers of the play in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:
PERESTROIKA was first performed as a staged reading by the Eureka Theatre Company in May 1991
The world premiere was presented by the Mark Taper Forum in November 1992
The play was presented by New York University/Tisch School of the Arts in April 1993
The play opened in London at the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain in November 1993
Opened in New York at the Walter Kerr Theatre in November 1993
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Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika is performed by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, New York, NY
THE GABRIELS trilogy chronicles a year in the life of a neighboring family who reunite in real time at three different points across 2016 to celebrate, remember, and wait for the world to change. History and politics, art and culture, love and hate are all on the table as the Gabriels gather in the kitchen of the house they grew up in — ultimately revealing the deep, human impact of one of the most extraordinary years in American history. Part Three, WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE: It is election night as the Gabriels economic woes worsen. They have worked hard and played by the rules, and yet they are slipping from the middle class. Is there hope to be had?
Cast: 6 total (5 female, 1 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
A fantastical/political/historical exploration of life in the Soviet Union in the earliest dawn of Perestroika. In scenes ranging from the inner chambers of the Politburo to a secret chamber beneath Lenin’s Tomb to a medical facility near a radioactive disposal site in Siberia, SLAVS! considers the difficulty, the failure, and the abiding importance of Socialism and of ongoing efforts towards building collective societies and a more just world.
Cast: 10 total (3 female, 7 male) Full Length Drama (about 80 minutes) Multiple Sets Contemporary Costumes
LOOPED depicts an actual 1965 recording session in which an intoxicated Tallulah Bankhead required eight hours to dub a single line from her final movie Die! Die! My Darling! while antagonizing the film editor assigned to the job.
Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male) Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
Who do you step on to get to the top? A young Nuyorican beat maker calls out a rising pop star for ripping off his track. ORIGINAL SOUND is a fierce, funny, musical journey through the heart of an unforgiving industry.
Cast: 6 total (3 female, 3 male, one nonbinary character) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes
When Papo, a tough-talking Puerto Rican hustler from the Bronx, meets Brian, a frightened young lawyer from the Midwest, Papo begins to glimpse the possibility of a romantic escape from his life on the streets. At the same time, Bobby, a 17-year-old runaway who has been repeatedly raped by his older brother, offers to take care of Papo and moves in with him in his fleabag hotel room. It is then when Papo suddenly finds his defenses melting and his heart torn in two directions. TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS is a gritty, urban love story.
Cast: 3 total (3 male) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
A THOUSAND YEARS is a fantastical comicbook-bright flight of fancy through time examining the enduring power of love. After a terrible accident, Miriam’s husband David falls into a coma. Miriam leaves the hospital to clear her head and is abducted. She spends the next 1,000 years trying to get back to David. Obstacle after obstacle abound. At some point Miriam realizes she has one true enemy — the evil She Doctor. The She Doctor may or may not be Fate, Nature and/or Time. She meets many allies along the way. Like Jackson, a hermit who lives in a lighthouse and Nella who lost her girlfriend 500 years earlier and is lost at sea. To save David, Miriam must engage in a battle of the soul with the She Doctor. But can she win?
Cast: 4 total (2 female, 2 male) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes