On December 15, 1997, I attend an author-directed reading rehearsal of "It's an Undoing World" or Why Should It Be Easy When It Can Be Hard?, presented that evening in the Public's Anspacher Theater as a benefit for the New Caucus, a faculty-staff labor organization at the City University of New York. Four days later I observe the playwright at a rehearsal of Terminating . . . , Kushner's contribution to Love's Fire, a program of new works by seven American playwrights, each taking as its inspiration one or more of

Shakespeare's sonnets.3 Commissioned by The Acting Company and produced in association with the Barbican Centre in London and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Love's Fire, directed by Mark Lamos, premiered at the Guthrie Theater Lab on January 7, 1998. It was produced in New York at the Public's Newman Theater, June 22-July 5, 1998.