The Winners of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize Are Announced Today
Last year’s winner of the Prize for Drama was Annie Baker’s The Flick.
Editorial Staff • New York City • Apr 20, 2015
Oscar Williams, Zell Steele Morrow, and Sydney Lucas in a scene from 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist Fun Home, now playing at Broadway’s Cirlce in the Square Theatre.
(© Joan Marcus)
The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners and nominated finalists will be announced today at 3pm at Columbia University. Finalists are not announced in advance, so this will be the first opportunity to learn of the works that have been under consideration.
Each year, the Pulitzer Prizes are presented by the president of Columbia University on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize board. There are 21 Pulitzer categories. In 20 of those categories the winners receive a $10,000 cash award and a certificate. Only the winner in the Public Service category of the Journalism competition is awarded a gold medal. The Public Service prize is always awarded to a news organization, rather than an individual.
The prizes will be awarded at a luncheon held later in the spring at Low Library on the Columbia University campus.
Last year, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama went to Annie Baker for her play The Flick. The 2014 finalists included Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s current Broadway musical Fun Home, and The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence.
The 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners
For a distinguished play by an American
author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American
life, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).
Awarded to “Between Riverside and Crazy,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis,
a nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer
faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life
Also nominated as finalists in this category were: “Marjorie Prime,” by Jordan Harrison,
a sly and surprising work about technology and artificial intelligence
told through images and ideas that resonate, and “Father Comes Home from
the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3),” by Suzan-Lori Parks, a distinctive
and lyrical epic about a slave during the Civil War that deftly takes on
questions of identity, power and freedom with a blend of humor and
WOW, Im so surprised An Octoroon wasn’t a finalist. It dominated the theatre conversation in New York for months. But Stephen Adly Guirgis is a worthy winner.
Was so happy to see that “Marjorie Prime” made the final three. Caught it in L.A. last year at the Mark Taper Forum. Jordan Harrison’s writing begins rather simply, then gathers force throughout and leaves you with a final punch after 90 minutes. To be sure, its effectiveness was helped immeasurably by the lead performance of Lois Smith — hope that she travels with the show when it opens at Playwrights Horizons this fall.