Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview Wins Pulitzer Prize in Drama 2019

 

Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury wins the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play, which was produced at Soho Rep and deals with issues of race and family — and one particular family preparing for an important dinner, will be remounted at Theatre for a New Audience in June.

Pulitzer citation calls the play “a hard-hitting drama that examines race in a highly conceptual layered structure, ultimately bringing audience into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudice.”

 

The Pulitzer Prize board named two finalists in the category: Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me (now playing on Broadway), and Clare Barron’s Dance Nation.

 

The Jury:

Misha Berson (Chair)

Theater critic, teacher, author and lecturer, Seattle, Wa.

Gina Gionfriddo

Playwright, New York, N.Y.

Henry D. Godinez

Professor of Theatre, Northwestern University; resident artistic associate, Goodman Theatre

Wendy C. Goldberg

Artistic Director, National Playwrights Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center

Peter Marks

Chief theater critic, The Washington Post

 

Theater Awards 2019 Calendar and Guide

Below is the complete list of prior Pulitzer Drama winners, with links to their citations (Since 1983, the Pulitzers have made public the finalists, which has become its own form of accolade.)

2018

Cost of Living by Martyna Majok

“An honest, original work that invites audiences to examine diverse perceptions of privilege and human connection through two pairs of mismatched individuals: a former trucker and his recently paralyzed ex-wife, and an arrogant young man with cerebral palsy and his new caregiver.”

Finalists:

 

2017

Sweat by Lynn Nottage

“For a nuanced yet powerful drama that reminds audiences of the stacked deck still facing workers searching for the American dream.”

2016

Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda

“A landmark American musical about the gifted and self-destructive founding father whose story becomes both contemporary and irresistible”
2015

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 and death.

Finalists:

2014

The Flick, by Annie Baker

A thoughtful drama with well-crafted characters that focuses on three employees of a Massachusetts art-house movie theater, rendering lives rarely seen on the stage.

Finalists:

2013

Disgraced, by Ayad Akhtar

A moving play that depicts a successful corporate lawyer painfully forced to consider why he has for so long camouflaged his Pakistani Muslim heritage.

2012

Water by the Spoonful, by Quiara Alegría Hudes

An imaginative play about the search for meaning by a returning Iraq war veteran working in a sandwich shop in his hometown of Philadelphia.

2011

Clybourne Park, by Bruce Norris

For “Clybourne Park,” a powerful work whose memorable characters speak in witty and perceptive ways to America’s sometimes toxic struggle with race and class consciousness.

2010

Next to Normal, by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey

A powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.

2009

Ruined, by Lynn Nottage

A searing drama set in chaotic Congo that compels audiences to face the horror of wartime rape and brutality while still finding affirmation of life and hope amid hopelessness.

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Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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