A Bright Room Called Day
By Tony Kushner
(Theatre Communications Group, Paperback, 9781559360784, 200pp.)
Publication Date: May 1994
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"A juggernaut of a play." -"San Francisco Weekly"
"Unabashedly political, thought-provoking, a little scary and frequently a good deal of theatrical fun... intoxicatingly visionary." -Sid Smith, "Chicago Tribune"
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner's powerful portrayal of individual resolution, irresolution and dissolution in the face of political catastrophe, "A Bright Room Called Day" follows a group of artists and political activists struggling to preserve themselves in 1930s Berlin as the Weimar Republic surrenders to the seduction of fascism. Often exquisitely lyrical, always exhilaratingly intelligent, the poetic world of the play moves beyond the bounds of historical reality with the morally outraged outpourings of a contemporary New York woman. Her fury at the Reagan and British presidencies brings into stark relief the discomfiting similarities between then and now, and challenges us to remember that although evil may seem inevitable, it is never irresistible.
Tony Kushner's plays include "Angels in America"; "Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Brown"; "The Illusion," adapted from the play by Pierre Cornelle; "Slavs "; "A Bright Room Called Day"; "Homebody/Kabul";" Caroline, or Change," a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures." He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols's film of "Angels in America" and for Steven Spielberg's "Munich" and "Lincoln." His books include" The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; Brundibar," with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; and "Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," co-edited with Alisa Solomon.
Among many honors, Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.