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Tony Kushner is reportedly penning a Donald Trump play

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Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner

According to an interview with The Daily Beast, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner has decided on the subject of his next play... President Donald Trump.

Kushner commented:

It feels very soon. The nightmare is in high gear. It certainly feels like folly that I or anyone else has a definitive understanding or comprehensive understanding of what [is] going on. I have my guesses like everyone else has, but it will take some time and a lot will depend on how it is resolved.
In terms of a timeline for the new play, Kushner added:
I find writing difficult. Im trying to become a faster writer, but I dont feel like I have to get something done while hes still in office. I gambled with Angels [of America], which is set in the Reagan era but which I felt would be historically significant 30, 40, 50 years later, because something really fundamental had shifted under Reagan. The same thing is true with Trump.
Within the feature, Kushner revealed that the narrative would be set approximately two years before the 2016 election and that Donald Trump would definitely be represented as an onstage character as opposed to an abstract theme.

In the meantime, rumors continue to grow that the current National Theatre production of Angels in America, wowing sold-out houses in London, is still eyeing a Broadway transfer.

Tony Kushner rose to fame with his classic 1993 two-parter Angels in America (Part 1: Millennium Approaches and Part 2: Perestroika), set in the midst of the HIV crisis, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the Tony Award for "Best Play." He also earned Tony nominations for his book and lyrics for the 2004 musical Caroline, or Change. In 2015, Kushner was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame.

- by Tom Millward

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