Kushner adapted HBO’s 2003 “Angels in America” from his own 1993 two-part Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name. Part 1 of “Angels,” called “Millennium Approaches,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Empire with the second part, “Perestroika,” shown at 7 pm Feb. 27. Each screening will be about three hours, and doors will open at 6:30 pm both nights.
The screenings are sponsored by the UND Writers Conference and the Art & Democracy Film Series. Admission will be free.
“Angels in America” is recommended for mature audiences. Directed by Mike Nichols, the film focuses on the story of two couples in 1985 whose relationships dissolve amid the backdrop of Reagan era politics, the spreading AIDS epidemic and a changing social and political climate. The cast featured Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Justin Kirk, Patrick Wilson, James Cromwell, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Shenkman and Mary-Louise Parker.
The HBO production won many awards. At the 2004 Emmys, “Angels in America” took 11 awards from 21 nominations, breaking the record previously held by “Roots” for the most Emmys awarded to one production in a single year. Kushner won an Outstanding Writer award, Nichols took home an award for Outstanding Direction and Pacino, Streep, Wright and Parker won Emmys for acting.
Kushner, an internationally recognized author and cultural icon, has been in the news most recently for his Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the hit movie, “Lincoln.” The Oscars will be presented Feb. 24 in Los Angeles.
Kushner will make several public appearances during the UND Writers Conference. He’ll be part of a noon panel on March 22 at Memorial Union Ballroom with Gary Shteyngart and Ed Bok Lee. He will be the guest at “A Great Conversation with Tony Kushner” at 8 pm March 22, moderated by Jack Russell Weinstein, a UND philosophy professor and host of the Art & Democracy Film series.
For more on the UND Writers Conference, go to www.undwritersconference.org. To learn about the Art & Democracy Film Series, go to www.philosophyinpubliclife.org/artanddemocracy.html.