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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright to visit UNI

August 27, 2012

Eric Lange, head, Department of Theatre, 319-273-6833,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Tony Kushner, American playwright and screenwriter, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC). Kushner will be interviewed by Eric Lange, head of UNI's Department of Theatre, followed by a Q & A with the audience.

Kushner will be visiting in coordination with the Reaching for Higher Ground project at UNI, "The Search for an American Dream," examining the aspects of social justice, education and economics.Tony Kushner

Kushner is the playwright of "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," a Pulitzer Prize-winning production confronting many contemporary political and social issues. "The broad scope of Mr. Kushner's work and the power of his language makes him a great choice for this year's topic," said Lange. "One of America's most powerful thinkers and theatre artists, he explores politics, faith and religion, and gives voices to people in turmoil."

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are limited to four per person. For tickets, go to the GBPAC or Strayer-Wood Theatre box offices on campus or order online at For additional information, contact Lange at 319-273-6833 or