Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Tony Kushner and bestselling author Sarah Vowell examine the life’s work and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Kushner penned the 1993 Tony Award-winning play (and later Emmy Award-winning TV miniseries) Angels in America, which followed a group of people battling the AIDS epidemic in the mid-1980s. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama that year. He later wrote the screenplay for director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Vowell, a bestselling author, actress, journalist, essayist and social commentator, has written seven nonfiction books about American history and culture, exposing the glorious conundrums of our past with wit, probity and an irreverent sense of humor. In Assassination Vacation, a travelogue of her visits to locations immortalized and influenced by the spilling of politically important American blood, she recounts the jinx that was Robert Todd Lincoln (present at the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley) and the politicking that went into the making of the Lincoln Memorial. Together, they present a provocative and unique look back at our sixteenth president.
Funds provided by the George C. Perkins Fund.