Winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama for her "Heidi Chronicles" was "a total surprise," said Wendy Wasserstein in a brief telephone interview Thursday. "One doesn't know how these things work. I didn't even know if I was nominated."
But she feels "really honored" by the award.
"The Heidi Chronicles," which covers a woman art historian's life from 1964 to the present, has been classified with several other plays in New York this year as "yuppie plays," but Wasserstein, 38, drew a generational distinction between hers and the others. "Mine is more about the baby-boom generation, which is about 10 years older than the yuppies," she said. "And I wrote one character who is an urban young professional, but no one likes him."