An Unlikely Tony Kushner World Premiere, Courtesy of NYU

Friday, Oct 8, 2010

Virtually every playwright has an unfinished or unresolved script tucked in a drawer somewhere. For Tony Kushner, that play was "Henry Box Brown," a one act written in the early 1990s while he was finishing his epic "Angels in America," whose two parts went on to win back-to-back Tony Awards for best play in 1993 and 1994. Mr. Kushner wrote "Henry Box Brown" for Juilliard School of Drama students to perform while he was playwright-in-residence there from 1990 to 1992, but the play never ended up being mounted through Juilliard, or anywhere else, until now. For just seven performances that conclude on Tuesday night, graduate acting students at New York University s Tisch School of the Arts are quietly holding a world premiere production of the play, now titled "Henry Box Brown: Political-Historical-Doggerel-Vaudeville," in a tiny theater space in the East Village. More on the New York Times ArtsBeat Blog >> Buy Tickets Here >>