April 15, 2013 |
"Disgraced," Ayad Akhtar's play about a corporate lawyer who has hidden his Pakistani Muslim heritage, has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The two finalists were "4000" by Amy Herzog and "Rapture, Blister, Burn,” by Gina Gionfriddo. This year's drama jury was led by Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks and included playwright Donald Margulies, Princeton University professor Jill Dolan, critic John Fleming and critic Alexis Soloski. "Disgraced" was produced last year by Lincoln Center Theater in New York, with Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" veteran Aasif Mandvi in the lead role. The play had its world premiere in January 2012 at Chicago's American Theater Company. FULL COVERAGE: 2013 Spring arts preview The plot follows Amir Kapoor, a lawyer, and his artist wife, Emily, during the course of a dinner party in which buried feelings are revealed.
April 14, 2014 |
Annie Baker's "The Flick" -- a highly divisive drama that prompted an abundance of head-scratching and some audience walkouts during its off-Broadway run last year -- has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama. The three-hour play follows the employees of a single-screen movie theater as they clean, converse and otherwise pass the time silently in front of the big screen. "The Flick" debuted last year at New York's Playwrights Horizons, where it was directed by Sam Gold. Baker's other plays include "Body Awareness" and "Circle Mirror Transformation," the latter of which was produced at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa in 2011.
April 15, 2013 |
The Pulitzer Prize in fiction, announced Monday, has been awarded to Adam Johnson for his book set in North Korea, "The Orphan Master's Son. " The committee described the book as "an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart. " Johnson teaches at Stanford; "The Orphan Master's Son" is his third book. Sharon Olds won the poetry award for her collection "Stag's Leap," cited as "a stunningly poignant sequence of poems that tells the story of a divorce, embracing strands of love, sex, sorrow, memory and new freedom.
April 9, 2002 |
JOURNALISM Public Service: The New York Times for "A Nation Challenged," a daily stand-alone section on terrorism and the war in Afghanistan. Breaking News Reporting: The Wall Street Journal staff for coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks under extremely difficult circumstances; its newsroom near the trade center was evacuated.
April 14, 2014 |
A few months ago, I wrote that it was wrong to try to classify Edward Snowden as either a whistle-blower or a traitor, because he's a bit of each. Only now he's a whistle-blowing outlaw with a Pulitzer Prize to his name. Formally, of course, the prize went to the newspapers that published articles based on Snowden's massive data leak, the Washington Post and the Guardian. They don't give the Pulitzer Prize to sources. But the Pulitzer board members, a gilt-edged group drawn from such institutions as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Columbia University, knew they were giving Snowden a signal honor too. Were they right?
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February 7, 2014 |
Decades before she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Maxine Kumin was a student at Radcliffe College who had summoned the courage to show a handful of her poems to an instructor. His comment couldn't have been more withering. "Say it with flowers," he wrote, "but for God's sake don't try to write poems. " Kumin heeded his advice. Seven years passed before she tried again, but this time her efforts brought far more encouraging results. With a clear-eyed vision of the natural world, relationships, mortality and the inner lives of women, Kumin became one of the country's most honored poets, whose fourth book of poetry, "Up Country," brought her the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.