92nd Street Y
"For over 128 years, the 92nd Street Y has been serving its community and the world in a remarkable way, providing exceptional programs across the spectrum — in the arts and culture, Jewish life and education, health and fitness, personal growth and travel, and in classes for adults, families and children... the 92nd Street Y promotes individual and family development and participation in civic life within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism. At once a community and cultural center, the YM-YWHA seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental health of human beings throughout their lives, their educational and spiritual growth, and their enjoyment. The 92nd Street Y reaches out beyond its core constituency of American Jews to serve people of diverse, racial, religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds..."
In Wrestling with Angels, Tony and Maurice Sendak appear in a program at the 92nd Street Y to discuss “Brundibar” the opera and the book.
The Public Theater
"As the nation's foremost theatrical producer of Shakespeare and new work, The Public Theater is dedicated to achieving artistic excellence while developing an American theater that is accessible and relevant to all people through productions of challenging new plays, musicals and innovative stagings of the classics. Towards this effort, The Public continues to be guided by a philosophy of inclusion, which takes on many forms – non-traditional casting of productions, education and development initiatives for artists from diverse backgrounds, outreach to students and audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs, humanities endeavors that provide a social and cultural context for the works we present, and mainstage productions that reflect and speak to the issues and interests of our surrounding community. Ticket prices for performances are kept low or free of charge in order to attract a broad audience, and every performance space is handicap accessible, with free sign language interpreted performances offered during summer productions. The Public’s programming also cultivates connections among its many constituencies – between artists and audiences and across ethnicities, ages and experiences. These connections are fundamental to the work of the institution as well as to the development of future artists and audiences, and thus the health of the theater community as a whole."
The New York Public Theater presented Tony’s first play, A Bright Room Called Day, and his latest, the musical, Caroline, or Change.
AmfAR: The Foundation for AIDS Research
"amfAR is one of the world's leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of HIV/AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. With its freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging opportunities and its determination to invest in cutting-edge science, amfAR plays a unique, catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. Funded by voluntary contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations, amfAR has invested nearly $250 million in support of its mission since 1985 and funded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide."
In Wrestling with Angels in 2004, AmfAR presented Tony Kushner with its "Award of Courage" for helping enlighten the public about AIDS through his work.
GLAD: Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders
"Founded in 1978, GLAD is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression. Providing litigation, advocacy, and educational work in all areas of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights and the rights of people living with HIV, GLAD has a full-time legal staff and a network of cooperating attorneys across New England... Each time we argue a case, we make a statement that chips away at outdated laws, challenges stereotypes, and helps further our cause: to ensure equal justice under law for all."
In Wrestling with Angels In 2002, GLAD presented Tony Kushner with its "Spirit of Justice Award" which "recognizes and honors individuals whose life's work and achievement reflect a profound dedication to creating a just society..."