A big deal for the theater community: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, whose masterpiece Angels in America is being revived this coming season in New York, will be at Rollins next spring as a guest of the Winter Park Institute.
The Institute, which began in 2008, is an effort to promote “intellectual engagement” at Rollins and in the surrounding community.
That effort has brought some big names to Rollins in the past couple of years — Billy Collins, Paul Simon, Marsha Norman, Jules Feiffer, Marilyn Horne. But the provocative Kushner is the first who’s likely to be of major interest to local theater folks.
He’ll be speaking at 7 p.m. April 12 in Tiedtke Concert Hall on the Rollins campus and again at 10 a.m. April 13. The site for the morning talk hasn’t been named, but in the past those morning talks — timed, unfortunately, when people with daytime jobs can’t come — have often been in the Annie Russell Theatre.
Kushner always has lots to say, and some of it’s likely to be controversial. I can’t wait.
Among the many other names coming to the Winter Park Institute this fall and spring: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Edward James Olmos — and, as a theater trifecta, playwright Arlene Hutton (the Nibroc trilogy), writer Ann Kirschner and director Eric Nightengale, who will speak Feb. 13 about Hutton’s play Letters to Sala, which is based on Kirschner’s work and is being produced at Annie Russell Feb. 11-19. Hutton, of course, is really Rollins alum Beth Lincks, whose plays See Rock City, Gulfview Drive and As It Is in Heaven all have been seen in Orlando.
(Photo of Tony Kushner by Roy Zipstein.)