"Wrestling With Angels" Follows Professional, Political and Personal Life of Tony Kushner

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Angels in America creator is the subject of the new documentary film "Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner," which now plays in New York.
Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Freida Lee Mock directs the 102-minute film, which played at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2006. Kushner's Caroline, or Change collaborator Jeanine Tesori provides the score. Broken into three acts — "As a Citizen of the World," "Mama, I'm a Homosexual Mama" and "Collective Action to Overcome Injustice" — delves into the scribe's political views, his personal life and professional work.

The film spans the course of 2001-2004, covering Kushner's work on Homebody/ Kabul and the John Kerry presidential campaign, his marriage, his work with Maurice Sendak on Brundibar and the Broadway opening of his musical Caroline, or Change.

Among the artists and friends who appear in the film are Oskar Eustis, Maurice Sendak, Meryl Streep, Marcia Gay Harden, Linda Emond, George C. Wolfe, Larry Kramer, Tonya Pinkins, Anika Noni Rose, Eli Weisberger, Jeanine Tesori, Rita Wolf, Eric Kushner, William Kushner, Mark Harris and Harrison Chad.

Terry Sanders is executive producer with producer Mock. The film is presented by Balcony Releasing.

The film plays at Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St. in New York. Check local listings for times and more information.

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