A Bright Room Called Day

Tony Kushner
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Other published editions of A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY indicate that some changes may be made to the text. This is not the case. The BPPI acting edition is the only authorized version of this play for production, and no alterations are allowed.


From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of ANGELS IN AMERICA comes this powerful portrayal of individual dissolution and resolution in the face of political catastrophe.

Production Info

Cast: 9 total (5 female, 4 male)
Full Length Drama (about 160 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Tony Kushner’s A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY … is unabashedly political, thought-provoking, a little scary, and frequently a good deal of theatrical fun … BRIGHT ROOM is … an examination of Nazi Germany in an attempt to shed insight on our own time. It’s brash, audacious, and, depending on your politics, anything from infuriatingly naïve to intoxicatingly visionary. In its 1932-33 span, it tells of a group of Berlin artists and friends, with varying degrees of communist leanings, and of the changes in their lives as democracy falls and Adolph Hitler takes over.” —Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune

“It’s fun to see a show this engaged. This passionate and ready to talk. Wild, uneven, pugnacious, ragged, committed, smart, dumb, satirical, and utterly serious … Always dramatically and intellectually forceful. And most important, always passionately committed. More than a diatribe against Reagan or a falling-into-the-Nazi-abyss history play, A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY is an assertion of the need for commitment.” —Anthony Adler, The Reader

About the Author


  • Tony Kushner

    Born in New York City in 1956, and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Tony Kushner is best known for his two-part epic, ANGELS IN AMERICA: A GAY FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES. His other plays include A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, SLAVS!, HYDROTAPHIA, HOMEBODY/KABUL, and CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, the musical for which he wrote book and lyrics, with music by composer Jeanine Tesori. Kushner has translated and adapted Pierre Corneille's THE ILLUSION, S.Y. Ansky's THE DYBBUK, Bertolt Brecht's THE GOOD PERSON OF SEZUAN and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, and the English-language libretto for the children's opera BRUNDIBÁR by Hans Krasa. He wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film of Angels in America and Steven Spielberg's Munich. In 2012 he wrote the screenplay for Spielberg's movie Lincoln. His screenplay was nominated for an Academy Award, and won the New York Film Critics Circle Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Chicago Film Critics Award, and several others. His books include But the Giraffe: A Curtain Raising and Brundibar: The Libretto, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling with Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. His recent work includes a collection of one-act plays entitled TINY KUSHNER, and THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES. In addition, a revival of ANGELS IN AMERICA ran Off-Broadway at the Signature Theater and won the Lucille Lortel Award in 2011 for Outstanding Revival. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Spirit of Justice Award from the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, a Cultural Achievement Award from The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, a Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement, and the 2012 National Medal of Arts, among many others. CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, produced at the National Theatre of Great Britain, received the EVENING STANDARD Award, the London Drama Critics' Circle Award and the Olivier Award for Best Musical. In September 2008, Tony Kushner became the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, the largest theater award in the US. He is the subject of a documentary film, Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, made by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 8/28/2015
Pages 100
ISBN 9780881456318

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by the Heat and Light Company, New York

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
A Bright Room Called Day is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


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12/6/2024 – 1/5/2025
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6/25/2021 – 6/28/2021
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Faultline Ensemble
Halifax, VT

10/28/2020 – 10/28/2020
Custom Made Theatre Co
San Francisco, CA

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Purchase College Suny
Purchase, NY

11/14/2019 – 11/17/2019
Culver-Stockton College
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Schenectady, NY

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4/25/2019 – 4/29/2019
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Orlando, FL

3/29/2019 – 4/14/2019
Stage Left Theater Association
Spokane, WA

3/21/2019 – 3/31/2019
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Davie, FL

12/1/2018 – 12/2/2018
McCarthy Arts Center - Trapped Door Theater
Colchester, VT

11/30/2018 – 12/8/2018
Peninsula College
Port Angeles, WA

10/16/2018 – 10/21/2018
The Juilliard School
New York, NY

4/28/2018 – 5/6/2018
University Of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

4/15/2018 – 4/15/2018
Breakthrough Workshop Theatre
San Diego, CA

4/13/2018 – 4/22/2018
Southwestern University Theatre Department
Georgetown, TX

4/12/2018 – 4/28/2018
Carnegie Mellon University School Of Drama
Pittsburgh, PA

3/8/2018 – 3/11/2018
York Dramasoc
York, United Kingdom

2/26/2018 – 3/4/2018
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Tuscaloosa, AL

2/10/2018 – 3/4/2018
USC School Of Dramatic Arts
Los Angeles, CA

2/6/2018 – 2/10/2018
University Of Wyoming Theatre And Dance
Laramie, WY

1/19/2018 – 2/3/2018
Trustus Inc.
Columbia, SC

1/12/2018 – 1/27/2018
St. Marks Players
Washington, DC

12/7/2017 – 12/9/2017
Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY

11/30/2017 – 12/2/2017
Wake Forest University Theatre
Winston-Salem, NC

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Chelsea Theatre Works
Chelsea, MA

11/3/2017 – 11/19/2017
University Of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, MI

10/11/2017 – 10/21/2017
University Of Alberta, Department Of Drama
Edmonton, AB, Canada

9/30/2017 – 10/14/2017
Flat Earth Theatre
Watertown, MA

9/22/2017 – 10/1/2017
Emerson Stage
Boston, MA

8/25/2017 – 8/26/2017
South Perry Yoga
Spokane, WA

4/7/2017 – 4/15/2017
Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA

1/19/2017 – 1/19/2017
The Ringwald Theatre
Ferndale, MI

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Montgomery County Community College
Pottstown, PA

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Glasshouse Artlifelab
Brooklyn, NY

12/1/2016 – 12/9/2016
Gramercy Arts High School
New York, NY

10/28/2016 – 10/28/2016
Faultline Ensemble
Portland, OR

10/13/2016 – 10/22/2016
Walden Theatre Corp.
Louisville, KY

9/12/2016 – 9/12/2016
Holmdel Theatre Company
Holmdel, NJ