Playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner has been awarded a $100,000 prize for “Creative Citizenship” by The Nation Institute and The Puffin Foundation. The honor, recognizing his socially conscious work, will be formally bestowed upon him at The Nation Institute’s Annual Gala on December 5 in New York.
According to a press release, Kushner was chosen because he has
given voice to the marginalized and explored the most challenging issues of the past fifty years…As John Lahr wrote in the New Yorker, “He gives voice to characters who have been rendered powerless by the forces of circumstances — a drag queen dying of AIDS, an uneducated Southern maid, contemporary Afghans — and his attempt to see all sides of their predicament has a sly subversiveness. He forces the audience to identify with the marginalized — a humanizing act of the imagination.’