Tony Kushner, Award-Winning Playwright, and James Houghton of The Signature Theatre Company, in “Macaulay Perspectives” on March 8

February 28, 2011 | Macaulay Honors College

“Reimagining Theater” Is Part of Macaulay Honors College’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations in 2011.

Macaulay Honors College will host two innovators in theatre: Tony Kushner, American playwright and screenwriter, and James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director of Signature Theatre Company and Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division, The Juilliard School.

“Reimagining Theater” will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 6:30pm, at the Macaulay’s building at 35 West 67th Street in Manhattan and is open to the public: RSVP here.

“Reimagining Theater” is the fourth in the Macaulay Perspectives series celebrating the college’s 10th Anniversary. These evenings enable students, faculty, supporters, and the general public to come together for topical discussions with New York luminaries in a variety of fields. “Macaulay Perspectives have become our signature public events,” said University Dean Ann Kirschner. “They are a showcase for the kind of thoughtful, passionate discourse that is the hallmark of the Macaulay experience. With Macaulay Perspectives, we honor the work of people like Jim Houghton and Tony Kushner who have reimagined the way New Yorkers—and Americans—engage their world, just as CUNY’s Chancellor, Matthew Goldstein, did ten years ago by creating the Honors College.”

Past presentations have included “Reinventing Our Cityscape” with Joshua David of Friends of the High Line; “Reimagining Funny” with humorist Patty Marx; and “Reinventing Governors Island” with Leslie Koch.

Tony Kushner’s plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; 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 has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille’s The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky’s The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa.  He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’ film of Angels In America, and Steven Spielberg’s Munich. His books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination, among other honors.  In 2008, he was the  first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.  He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

The Signature Theatre Company is the first not-for-profit theatre company in the United States to devote each season of productions to the work of a single living playwright. The company’s Playwrights-in-Residence to date include: Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, the historic Negro Ensemble Company, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel and Lanford Wilson. Currently, Signature is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a season devoted to the work of Tony Kushner and is presenting the first New York revival of Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America. In addition to his work at Signature, James Houghton has been the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School since 2006. Since its founding in 1968, the Drama Division has become a world-renowned and highly respected conservatory training program for actors and playwrights. Mr. Houghton also has served as the Artistic Director of the O’Neill Playwrights Conference (1999-2003), Artistic Director of the New Harmony Project (1996-1999), and is currently Artistic Advisor to the Guthrie Theater.

About Macaulay Honors College
Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, every Macaulay student receives a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. With the admission of the Class of 2014, Macaulay marked the beginning of its tenth year. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see macaulay.cuny.edu.