Pat Rosoff and Tony Kushner

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If you click on the Kushner link below, you can see the work I’m describing.


What a loss.

Pat Rosoff was a trip: funny, smart, talented, vivacious.

Other people who knew her better will have much to say I’m sure, but somebody ought to mention her remarkable encounter with playwright Tony Kushner last year. Kingswood-Oxford has a tradition of presenting art, made by the faculty, to the very distinguished writers who visit the school for its Baird Symposium series.  Pat did a lot of those pieces, but her presentation to Kushner — a sort of Cornell box based on the play “Caroline, or Change  — was special in the way that it completely unhorsed the playwright. Kushner was so knocked out by the piece — you can glimpse it here (click over to page 5) — that he struggled to compose himself. And then, as he tried to make a few informal remarks to those of us who had dined with him, his eyes kept wandering back to the box. He admitted later in the evening that he had been obsessing about where in his apartment he wanted to put it.

My guess is he took it home and spent a good hour just staring into it.

Who wouldn’t?


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