“Angels in America” won Best Play Revival at the 2018 Tony Awards, and the team from the show — including director Marianne Elliott and playwright Tony Kushner — arrived in the press room as awards-watchers were still buzzing about Robert De Niro. The actor had presented during the telecast and cursed out President Donald Trump on national television, which had been censored for TV audiences, but not in the feed shown in the press room. When Kushner found out he applauded and said, “I agree, f*ck Trump.” Watch Kushner and the Tony winning “Angels” team above.
Kushner isn’t shy about his politics, having written not just the unabashedly political “Angels in America” but also the Oscar nominated screenplays for the films “Munich” (2005) and “Lincoln” (2012). He believes that shows like “Angels” and “The Band’s Visit” show the “possibilities of healing,” but our present political moment is “terrifying. And the damage that [Trump is] doing … to the social fabric of this country … is appalling.”
The playwright hopes that after the 2018 midterm elections for the Senate and House of Representatives “the days of this entirely criminal and, I think, treasonous administration are numbered.” But he still marvels at “the insanity and the terror of having a madman — and I’m not exaggerating when I say it, a borderline-psychotic narcissist in the White House … Hopefully this ends before he ends us.”
“Angels in America” is a magical-realist drama exploring the devastation of the AIDS epidemic on New York City’s gay community. This production of the show also won Best Actor in a Play for Andrew Garfield and Best Featured Actor in a Play for Nathan Lane. The original production actually won Kushner two Tonys for Best Play: for part one, “Millennium Approaches” (1993), and then part two, “Perestroika” (1994). Kushner also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Millennium Approaches.”