“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
In addition, the following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika is performed by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, New York, NY
What happens when news becomes entertainment and politics become a performance? Virginia Eames, an aspiring political pundit, attempts to negotiate her way through the constantly shifting landscape of cutthroat commentary and learns what it takes to be a star.
Cast: 6 total (4 female, 2 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes
JoAnne Akalaitis' exploration of America as an immigrant and refugee society is complex, timely, and highly theatrical: a collage of images and events, documentary and testimony, that asks us to look again at the pressures and liberties of life in a foreign culture. GREEN CARD both describes and creates, for performers as well as audiences, the cacophony of sounds and barrage of images that confront those newly arrived in this land. The play moves from Ellis Island to Los Angeles, a city many consider the Ellis Island of the eighties.
Cast: 11 total (5 female, 6 male, multiethnic, flexible casting) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes
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Cast: 8 total (3 female, 5 male, doubling, bit parts) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes
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Cast: 3 total (3 male) Short Comedy (about 45 minutes) Single Set Period Costumes
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Cast: 5 total (1 female, 4 male) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes
August Strindberg, translated by Laurence Senelick
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Cast: 14 total (7 female, 7 male, bit parts) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Single Set Period Costumes
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Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male) Full Length Comedy (about 100 minutes) Single Set Contemporary Costumes
A satirical piece which turns its sharp eye on political correctness, office politics, sexual harassment, religious persuasions, and societal and cultural norms. The actors don’t know which role they’ll play until the audience decides for them at each performance. The actors forge their own unique interpretations in any one of the 40,320 possible casting combinations that could confront them, creating a unique and hilarious interpretation of the show every night.
Cast: 8 total (4 female, 4 male, flexible casting) Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes
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Cast: 6 total (3 female, 3 male, one nonbinary character) Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes) Minimal Set Requirements Contemporary Costumes