Los Angeles Event Preview: THE LINCOLN LEGACY: THE MAN AND HIS PRESIDENCY (Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell: In Conversation at UCLA)

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by Tony Frankel on February 19, 2018

in Theater-Los Angeles

HIS AND HERS HISTORY

Looking for some inspiration? From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner and lauded author Sarah Vowell comes a powerful examination of one of American history’s most singular figures: Abraham Lincoln. Presented by CAP UCLA, the dynamic duo will appear at Royce Hall this Thursday, February 22. Best known for his play Angels in America, one of the most authoritative and quintessential works of the last century, Kushner also wrote the screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln biopic starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

A self-described “narrative nonfiction wise guy,” Vowell has written seven books about American history and culture, exposing the glorious conundrums of our past with wit, probity and an irreverent sense of humor — including the acclaimed Lafayette in the Somewhat United States. In Assassination Vacation, 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.

In this pairing born out of a shared interest in Lincoln’s legacy, two celebrated wordsmiths will discuss one of our nation’s greatest presidents. The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote, “Among Abraham Lincoln’s many talents was his skill at bringing disparate parties together for the good of all. So it’s him we have to thank for the odd but inspired pairing of Kushner and Vowell.”

photos by Owen Brooker (Vowell) and Joan Marcus (Kushner)

The Lincoln Legacy: The Man and His Presidency
Tony Kushner and Sarah Vowell: In Conversation
presented by CAP UCLA
Royce Hall at UCLA
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 8
for tickets, call 310-825-2101 or visit CAP UCLA

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