Kushner, who has been hailed as one of America's most important artists, first earned widespread acclaim in the early 1990s for his production of Angels in America: a Gay Fantasia on National Themes.
Angels in America is a seven-hour, two-part work which Newsweek magazine called "the broadest, deepest, most searching American play of our time." The Broadway production of Angels earned Kushner a Pulitzer Prize and two Tony Awards.
Kushner has since gone on to earn himself a reputation as one of the most outspoken literary figures in the United States. He insists on the playwright's role as political provocateur and says that "his plays are concerned with the moral responsibilities of people in politically repressive times and are intended to be part of a greater political movement."
Kushner also is the author of Slavs! Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness, an exploration of the collapse of the Soviet Union and adaptations of Goethe's Stella and Brecht's The Good Person of Setzuan.
Kushner's most recent work, Henry Box Brown, is a play based on the true story of a black man who had himself crated and mailed out of the American South and slavery to England where he preached abolition and the evils of working with cotton picked by slave labor to workers in the textile mills.
Kushner's visit to Hamilton is sponsored by the department of Theatre and Dance.