New York — Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences will honor Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner at the 6th Annual Distinguished Achievement Awards ceremony, April 24, from 6-8 p.m., at The Sky Club on the 56th floor of the MetLife Building.
The evening celebrates the service, scholarship and successes of exceptional faculty and alumni and honors the achievements of a public figure who has made extraordinary contributions to the arts and sciences.
“We are pleased to present this award to Tony Kushner whose body of work is concerned with the moral responsibility of the individual in a politically repressive environment,” said Dean Gail Dinter-Gottlieb. “He is an exemplary model for our students.”
Homebody/Kabul, written well before the September 11 attacks, ran this December at the New York Theatre Workshop. Set in London and the Afghan capital at the end of the ’90s, the play follows the story of a lonely and over-medicated British housewife – a “homebody” – who becomes obsessed with the exotic and tragic history of Afghanistan via an out-of-date travel guide. The play will soon be performed at Trinity Reparatory in Providence, Rhode Island and at Berkeley Reparatory in Berkeley, California, and the Young Vic in London.
Kushner’s epic seven-hour, two-part Broadway play, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes earned him a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award, the OBIE Award for best play, and the LAMBDA Liberty Award for Drama.
His current projects include a musical play, Caroline or Change, Brundibar, a children’s’ book with Maurice Sendak, and a film version for HBO of Angels in America, directed by Mike Nichols. Kushner makes his directorial debut this April with “Helen,” a comedy about Helen of Troy, at the Public Theater.
Kushner is the recipient of a 1990 Whiting Foundation Writers Award and has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He also received a Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fellowship and a medal for Cultural Achievement from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Dyson College will also present awards to two alumni, Michèle T. Classe ’73, director, Sony Plaza USA, Sony Corporation of America and Thomas A. Silvestri ’77, president, Community Newspapers, Media General, Inc. Professors Florence Denmark, Ph.D., chairperson of psychology and Martin Kotler, Ph.D., chairperson of mathematics will also receive achievement awards.
Tickets are available for $100. Proceeds from the event will benefit Dyson scholarship funds. For more information call the Dean’s office at (212) 346-1350.
The Dyson College of Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the arts, humanities and sciences, and guides the general education of all Pace University undergraduates. The College’s teaching philosophy stresses a combination of classroom instruction, technology, practical experience and community service.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, and Lienhard School of Nursing.