Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner is an American playwright, screenwriter and essayist. His seven-hour epic play, Angels in America, explores the AIDS epidemic in Reagan-era New York City, and has won numerous awards, including the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1993 and 1994 Tony Awards for Best Play. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Homebody/Kabul, and 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 also adapted Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan, Corneille’s The Illusion, and S. Ansky’s play The Dybbuk. Kushner is known to continue revising his work long after is has already been published. His newest 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.

cover image of the book The Glass Menagerie (Centennial Edition)

The Glass Menagerie (Centennial Edition)

by Tennessee Williams

With a contribution by Tony Kushner

The Glass Menagerie marked a crucial turning point in American theater, and forever changed the life of its then unknown author. Williams’s elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadway — the tragedy, fragility, and tenderness of this “memory play” have made it one of America’s most powerful, timeless, and compelling plays. The introduction by Tony Kushner sparkles with the kind of rich, unique insight that only a fellow playwright could convery.

The “Deluxe Centennial Edition” includes:

• Tony Kushner’s astonishing Introduction

• The pioneering essay, “The Homosexual in Society,” by Tennessee’s friend, Robert Duncan, and poems by Hart Crane, E. E. Cummings, Walt Whitman, and Tennessee Williams, which Kushner discusses as sources of inspiration.

• “The Pretty Trap,” a cheerful one-act run up to The Glass Menaagerie.

• “The Portrait of a Girl in Glass,” Tennessee’s short story variation of the play

• Photographs of great actresses who have played Amanda, and stills from various stage and film incarnations of The Glass Menagerie.

• Williams’s classic essay about fame, “The Catastrophe of Success.”

• The playwright’s original “Production Notes.”

• The 1944 opening night rave reviews from Chicago.

• An essay by distinguished Williams scholar Allean Hale, “Inside The Menagerie,” provides autobiographical particulars about Williams family life in St. Louis.

• A gorgeous new jacket design by Rodrigo Corral

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