Tony Kushner up close
And if you want to hear from Kushner in person before leaving for the theater, here are some ways to do it:
• Starting in 2001, filmmaker Frieda Lee Mock chronicled Kushner's activities for nearly three years. The result was a 2007 documentary, "Wrestling with Angels" that was broadcast on public television. Go here to see excerpts that were not seen in the documentary, plus conversations recorded with Larry Kramer ("The Normal Heart") and Frank Rich, plus excerpts from public appearances and speeches.
• The American Theater Wing's website includes a video made when Kushner and composer Tesori were developing "Caroline, or Change" for a Broadway production in 2004.
• To read Kushner's 2002 commencement address to Vassar College, titled "A Word to Graduates: Organize!" go here.
• Kushner has participated in several television interviews with Charlie Rose. In 2001, shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, he talked to Rose about the themes of his play, "Homebody/Kabul." And in 2004, in an hour-long interview, he talked about "Caroline, or Change" in an interview that also included clips from several of his plays.
• If that isn't enough, the New York Times maintains a resource page on Kushner under its "Times Topics" web service.