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December 12, 2007
Where's Tony Kushner?


In a different world, this blog post would be reminding you to watch the brilliant documentary on one of the most fascinating artists of our time, playwright Tony Kushner.

Kushner (pictured above), who spoke at a well-attended appearance at UC Davis last spring, is the smart, funny, thought-provoking, Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony Award-winning writer of such works as “Angels In America,” “Caroline, Or Change” and “Homebody: Kabul.”

The documentary, “Wrestling With Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner” by filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, will be shown at 9 tonight on most public television stations across the country. Most, but not all. One station not showing the program is our local affiliate KVIE (Channel 6). It's not showing the documentary tonight, and it’s unclear if it's planning on showing it, ever.

Apparently, the station doesn’t think anyone in the Sacramento region would be interested in a revealing portrait of one of our most important living playwrights. The station is, however, showing a “Chanukah Celebration,” starring “The Nanny” Fran Drescher, which is interesting, considering that the Jewish Festival of Lights ends at sundown, before the program airs.

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