Pulitzer Winner, Oscar Nominee Tony Kushner To Talk History At NOMA

By Mike Scott, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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As a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Tony Kushner knows a thing or two when it comes to writing about historical figures. This month, he’ll share some of his insight in a discussion at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

The museum’s upcoming “Tony Kushner In Conversation” event, to be held in conjunction with its ongoing “Photography and the Civil War” exhibit, will use Kushner’s work on “Lincoln” as a springboard for a discussion on “the role of writing and photography in bringing historical figures to life.”

The event is scheduled for March 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Stern Auditorium. NOMA photography curator Russell Lord will moderate.

Tickets to the event are $10. Due to the limited seating, no discounted tickets will be available. The museum is urging the purchase of advance tickets, which carries an additional $1.49 fee.

For details, visit the NOMA website.

Kushner, who grew up in Lake Charles, is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize (for his play “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches”), two Tony Awards (“Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America: Perestroika”), an Olivier Award (“Caroline, or Change”), an Emmy Award (“Angels in America”), two Oscar nominations (“Lincoln” and “Munich”), and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, among other honors. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama.