The Saint Louis University Library Associates will present the 2012 Saint Louis Literary Award to Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screen writer Tony Kushner Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the University's Busch Student Center, 20 N. Grand Boulevard.
The event kicks off with a book signing at 4:30 p.m. followed by the presentation of the award and a conversation with Kushner at 5:30 p.m. The conversation will be led by Michael Isaacson, executive producer of the St. Louis Muny and producer for Fox Theatricals. Isaacson served as a producer for Kushner's Caroline or Change on Broadway. The booksigning, program and award presentation are free and open to the public.
A cocktail reception in the University's Pere Marquette Gallery begins at 7 p.m. followed by dinner at 8 p.m. in Sinquefield Stateroom. Tickets are $150 and reservations are required. Proceeds will support the Saint Louis University libraries.
Valet parking will be available at Busch Student Center or guests may self-park in the University's parking garage on the southwest corner of Grand and Laclede.
About Tony Kusher:
Born in New York City in 1956, and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tony Kushner is best known for his two-part Pulitzer Prize winning epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. His other plays include A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs!, Hydriotaphia, Homebody/ Kabul and Caroline or Change.
In addition to his many collaborations on screenplays and translations, in 2009 Kushner wrote the libretto for Brundibár, which was performed by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.
Kushner also wrote the screenplay for the movie Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Kushner received the Arts Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the PEN/Laura Pels Award for a Mid-Career Playwright, a Spirit of Justice Culture Award, and a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, among many others.
Caroline or Change, produced in the autumn of 2006 at the Royal 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, Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest monetary theatre award in the U.S. He also was awarded the 2009 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement.
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Contact Lisette Dennis at 863-5811 to schedule media interviews or Jeanette Grider at (314) 977-2538 tp cordinate coverage of the event.