The playwright of ideas compels us to look afresh at tinderbox issues in a feverish search for understanding the near unsavable world of Homebody/Kabul. It’s about desolation and love in land-mined places, private agony and public squalor, fathers and daughters, the Babel of language and lost civilizations, disintegrating, rotting cultures, sordid Western values and furious opposites, murderers and fanatics, opium highs and tranquilized lives lived out in disgust and self-obliteration. It’s about travel in the generous, best sense of the wordtravel of the exploding, despairing mind and soul. To where? A place where warring people might one day meet, where steps can be relearned and the meaning of words reborn. The voice of yearning within Homebody/Kabul has now become more urgent, as if time were running out in sickness of heart and soul. Name me a better play of our timefor our time.” John Heilpern, New York Observer
Tony Kushner’s searching epic of ideas restores lost connections between theater, thinking and current events. Perhaps no one but Kushner could provide such compelling guidance through the devastation of Kabul, in all its blasted complexity.” Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
Of course, we’ve come to expect celestial wordplay and cosmically elevated thoughts from Kushner, author of A Bright Room Called Day, Slavs! and the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning opus Angels in America. We’ve also come to expect plays that aren’t neat and tidy, that force you to engage rather than passively absorb and don’t let you race home in time to catch the eleven o’clock news
Few, if any, modern English-language playwrights of ideas can match Kushner’s intellectual sweep, his subtle but razor-edged sense of humor and his gift for peeling back layers of character until we finally see the naked human within. Even fewer can equal his fiery moral passion or sheer gutsiness. With Homebody/Kabul Kushner has dared to walk through a contemporary minefield, a dramatic terra incognita, without the benefit of a Baedeker to guide him, and emerged intact on the other side with a powerful story to tell.” Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Kushner’s use of language and ideas continues to make us think about the deeper questions
a masterful conglomerate of words, ideas, and history.” Mary Houlihan, Chicago Sun-Times
this is a play for those who are interested in the root causes that preceded September 11, for those who can see through the fog of patriotism to the finer distinctions, who are finally ready to ask how on earth do we get out of this godforsaken place, who can bear to contemplate the thought that we have participated to some extent in our own tragedy.” James Reston Jr., American Theatre
Kushner, a writer who is always on high alert to humanity as well as history, has, in the Homebody, created a characteran impassioned, fluttery, doomed’ characterwho is timeless as well as timely.” Nancy Franklin, New Yorker
Homebody/Kabul is a welcome payoff for all who’ve been waiting a decade for a worthy follow-up to Kushner’s landmark Angels in America. Kushner’s plunge into the murky whirlpools of Afghan history, culture, and politics is astonishing in its intellectual scope. It is also fierce in its dramatic engagement with complex realities and deeply humane. Kushner has led and provoked our minds as richly as he’s engaged our sympathies.” Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle
Dazzingly written, insightful and timely. The playwright’s generous viewpoint is liberal and progressive. His language is rich, his canvas is vast and his storytelling dynamic.” Michael Sommers, Newark Star-Ledger
Homebody/Kabul is a rich and intelligent piece.” Peter Brook
A richly interesting play
most American dramatists look inwards. Tony Kushner has always gazed outwards. And not the least remarkable fact about Homebody/Kabul, written well before the events of last September, is that it attempts to embrace and explain the history, culture and ethos of Afghanistan.” Michael Billington, The Guardian (UK)
About the Author
Tony Kushner’s plays include Angels in America; Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Brown; The Illusion, adapted from the play by Pierre Corneille; Slavs!; A Bright Room Called Day; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols’s film of Angels in America and for Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Lincoln. His books include The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon.
Among many honors, Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award, two Oscar nominations, and the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was awarded a National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.