The Pulitzer Committee announced yesterday that the recipient for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama is Brooklyn-based playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury for Fairview, which debuted at Off-Broadway Soho Rep, June, 2018.
The Pulitzer citation calls Fairview: “A hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices.”
Fairview can next be seen at Brooklyn’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center
June 2 – 30. Details and tickets.
Finalists were What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck (originally planned as part of Woolly Mammoth’s season before its Broadway run was announced) and Dance Nation by Clare Barron.
Playbill notes: “This is the fourth time the winning play and all announced finalists were written by female playwrights, following 2014 (Annie Baker for The Flick, finalists Madeleine George for The Watson Intelligence and Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori for Fun Home); 2009 (Lynn Nottage for Ruined, finalists Gina Gionfriddo for Becky Shaw and Quiara Alegría Hudes for In the Heights with Lin-Manuel Miranda); and 2002 (Suzan-Lori Parks for Topdog/Underdog, finalists Rebecca Gilman for The Glory of Living and Dael Orlandersmith for Yellowman).”
In 2014, addressing publicly the question of why so few women playwrights were being produced, a Washington area Artistic Director wondered whether there were enough women “in the pipeline” for more consideration in their seasons. This propelled the first Women’s Voices Theater Festival in 2015, which introduced 44 new plays by women, including Ironbound by future Pulitzer-winner: Martyna Majok.