Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama was first awarded in 1918.

The drama jury, which consists of one academic and four critics, attends plays in New York and in regional theaters. The Pulitzer board has the authority to overrule the jury's choice, however, as happened in 1986 when the jury chose the CIVIL warS to receive the prize, but due to the board's opposition no award was given.

In 1955, Joseph Pulitzer, Jr. pressured the prize jury into presenting the Prize to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which the jury considered the weakest of the five shortlisted nominees ("amateurishly constructed... from the stylistic points of view annoyingly pretentious"), instead of Clifford Odets' The Flowering Peach (their preferred choice) or The Bad Seed, their second choice.[1] Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was selected for the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Drama by that award's committee. However, the committee's selection was overruled by the award's advisory board, the trustees ofColumbia University, because of the play's then-controversial use of profanity and sexual themes. Had Albee been awarded, he would be tied with Eugene O'Neill for the most Pulitzer Prizes for Drama (four).

For a complete list please visit: http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat/Drama 


A Strange Loop By Michael R. Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559369930
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - January 19th, 2021

2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Fairview By Jackie Sibblies Drury Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559369527
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - August 27th, 2019

2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Cost of Living (Tcg Edition) By Martyna Majok Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559365970
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 23rd, 2018

2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Sweat (Tcg Edition) By Lynn Nottage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559365321
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 13th, 2017

2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Hamilton: The Revolution By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455539741
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 12th, 2016

2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Between Riverside and Crazy (Tcg Edition) By Stephen Adly Guirgis Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559365154
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - November 10th, 2015

2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The Flick (Tcg Edition) By Annie Baker Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559364584
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 30th, 2014

2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Disgraced: A Play By Ayad Akhtar Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316324465
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 10th, 2013

2013: Disgraced - Ayad Akhtar

New York. Today. Corporate lawyer Amir Kapoor is happy, in love, and about to land the biggest career promotion of his life.

But beneath the veneer, success has come at a price. When Amir and his artist wife, Emily, host an intimate dinner party at their Upper East Side apartment, what starts out as a friendly conversation soon escalates into something far more damaging. 

Water by the Spoonful (Revised Tcg Edition) By Quiara Alegría Hudes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559365574
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - August 15th, 2017

2012: Water by the Spoonful – 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.





Clybourne Park: A Play By Bruce Norris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780865478688
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 16th, 2011

2011: Clybourne Park  – Bruce Norris

Clybourne Park spans two generations fifty years apart. In 1959, Russ and Bev are selling their desirable two-bedroom at a bargain price, unknowingly bringing the first black family into the neighborhood (borrowing a plot line from Lorraine Hansberry’sA Raisin in the Sun) and creating ripples of discontent among the cozy white residents of Clybourne Park. In 2009, the same property is being bought by a young white couple, whose plan to raze the house and start again is met with equal disapproval by the black residents of the soon-to-be-gentrified area. Are the issues festering beneath the floorboards actually the same, fifty years on? Bruce Norris’s excruciatingly funny and squirm-inducing satire explores the fault line between race and property. 



Next to Normal By Brian Yorkey, Tom Kitt Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559363709
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - July 20th, 2010

2010: Next to Normal – 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.





Ruined (Tcg Edition) By Lynn Nottage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559363556
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 1st, 2009

2009 Ruined – 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.



August: Osage County (Tcg Edition) By Tracy Letts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559363303
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - February 1st, 2008

2008: August: Osage County – Tracy Letts

"The most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years."--The New York Times

Rabbit Hole By David Lindsay-Abaire Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559362900
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - October 1st, 2006

2007: Rabbit Hole – David Lindsay-Abaire

A stunning play about carrying on in the shadow of loss.

Doubt: A Parable By John-Patrick Shanley Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822222194
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Published: Dramatists Play Service - September 30th, 2007

2005: Doubt: A Parable – John Patrick Shanley

In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.

I Am My Own Wife: A Play By Doug Wright Cover Image
ISBN: 9780571211746
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 9th, 2004

2004: I Am My Own Wife – Doug Wright

From the Obie Award-winning author of Quills comes this acclaimed one-man show, which explores the astonishing true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. A transvestite and celebrated antiques dealer who successfully navigated the two most oppressive regimes of the past century-the Nazis and the Communists--while openly gay and defiantly in drag, von Mahlsdorf was both hailed as a cultural hero and accused of colluding with the Stasi. In an attempt to discern the truth about Charlotte, Doug Wright has written "at once a vivid portrait of Germany in the second half of the twentieth century, a morally complex tale about what it can take to be a survivor, and an intriguing meditation on everything from the obsession with collecting to the passage of time" (Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times).

Anna in the Tropics By Nilo Cruz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559362320
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 1st, 2003

2003: Anna in the Tropics – Nilo Cruz

The play is set in Ybor City, a section of Tampa and the center of the cigar industry. When Cuban immigrants brought the cigar-making industry to Florida in the 19th century, they carried with them another tradition. As the workers toiled away in the factory hand rolling each cigar, the lector, (historically well-dressed and well-spoken), would read to them. It was the lector who informed, organized and entertained the workers until the 1930s, when the rollers and the readers were replaced by mechanization. In the play, the lector reads Anna Karenina, sparking the characters' lives and relationships to spin out of control.

Topdog/Underdog By Suzan-Lori Parks Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559362016
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - June 1st, 2001

2002: Topdog/Underdog – Suzan-Lori Parks

A darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity is Suzan-Lori Parks' latest riff on the way we are defined by history. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.

Proof: A Play By David Auburn Cover Image
ISBN: 9780571199976
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 5th, 2001

2001: Proof – David Auburn

Proof is a work that explores the unknowability of love as much as it does the mysteries of science. It focuses on Catherine, a young woman who has spent years caring for her father, Robert, a brilliant mathematician in his youth who was later unable to function without her help. His death has brought into her midst both her sister, Claire, who wants to take Catherine back to New York with her, and Hal, a former student of Catherine's father who hopes to find some hint of Robert's genius among his incoherent scribblings. The passion that Hal feels for math both moves and angers Catherine, who, in her exhaustion, is torn between missing her father and resenting the great sacrifices she made for him. For Catherine has inherited at least a part of her father's brilliance -- and perhaps some of his instability as well. As she and Hal become attracted to each other, they push at the edges of each other's knowledge, considering not only the unpredictability of genius but also the human instinct toward love and trust.

Dinner with Friends By Donald Margulies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781559361941
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - September 1st, 2000

2000: Dinner with Friends – Donald Margulies

Gabe and Karen, a happily married middle-aged couple, have been friends with Tom and Beth, another married couple, for many years. In fact, it was Gabe and Karen who fixed up their friends in the first place. While having dinner at Gabe and Karen's home, Beth tearfully reveals that she is getting a divorce from Tom, who has been unfaithful. Tom, who had been away on business, finds out that Beth has told their friends about the looming divorce, and hastens to Gabe and Karen's home. Tom and Beth had planned to tell their friends about their breakup together, but Tom now believes that Beth has unfairly presented herself as the wronged party, and feels he must present his own side of the story. Over the course of the play, we see both couples at different ages and stages of their lives, and we witness the effects of Tom and Beth's breakup on Gabe and Karen, who first feel compelled to choose sides, and then begin to question the strength of their own seemingly tranquil marriage. They also begin to see the real meaning behind their friendships with Tom and Beth.

Wit: A Play By Margaret Edson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780571198771
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 29th, 1999

1999: Wit – Margaret Edson

Margaret Edson’s powerfully imagined Pulitzer Prize–winning play examines what makes life worth living through her exploration of one of existence’s unifying experiences—mortality—while she also probes the vital importance of human relationships. What we as her audience take away from this remarkable drama is a keener sense that, while death is real and unavoidable, our lives are ours to cherish or throw away—a lesson that can be both uplifting and redemptive. As the playwright herself puts it, “The play is not about doctors or even about cancer. It’s about kindness, but it shows arrogance. It’s about compassion, but it shows insensitivity.” In Wit, Edson delves into timeless questions with no final answers: How should we live our lives knowing that we will die? Is the way we live our lives and interact with others more important than what we achieve materially, professionally, or intellectually? How does language figure into our lives? Can science and art help us conquer death, or our fear of it? What will seem most important to each of us about life as that life comes to an end? The immediacy of the presentation, and the clarity and elegance of Edson’s writing, make this sophisticated, multilayered play accessible to almost any interested reader. As the play begins, Vivian Bearing, a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the intricate, difficult Holy Sonnets of the seventeenth-century poet John Donne, is diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. Confident of her ability to stay in control of events, she brings to her illness the same intensely rational and painstakingly methodical approach that has guided her stellar academic career. But as her disease and its excruciatingly painful treatment inexorably progress, she begins to question the single-minded values and standards that have always directed her, finally coming to understand the aspects of life that make it truly worth living.

How I Learned to Drive By Paula Vogel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780822216230
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Published: Dramatists Play Service - December 1st, 1997

1998: How I Learned to Drive – Paula Vogel

The story follows the strained, sexual relationship between Li'l Bit and her aunt's husband, Uncle Peck, from her adolescence through her teenage years into college and beyond. Using the metaphor of driving and the issues of pedophilia, incest, and misogyny, the play explores the ideas of control and manipulation.



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New Hope for American Art

                                               New Hope for American Art is the most comprehensive book ever published on artists from, and surrounding, the New Hope Art Colony (also known as the Pennsylvania Impressionists). This book, with its 612 pages and over 1,000 color plates of artwork include biographies of 165 individual Pennsylvania Impressionists and New Hope Modernists as well as artists from the Philadelphia Ten, a pioneering group of women all educated at Philadelphia art schools. 

In this book, you'll find biographies and artwork from such artists as:

  • Daniel Garber
  • Edward Redfield
  • George Sotter
  • Arthur Meltzer
  • Robert Spencer
  • William Langson Lathrop
  • Kenneth Nunamaker
  • John Folinsbee
  • Henry Snell
  • William F. Taylor
  • Fern Coppedge
  • M. Elizabeth Price
  • Clarence Johnson
  • S. George Phillips
  • Rae Sloan Bredin
  • Walter Baum
  • Walter Schofield
  • Morgan Colt
  • Charles Rosen
  • Joseph Meierhans
  • Charles F. Ramsey
  • Louis Stone
  • Charles Evans
  • Josef Zenk

New Hope for American Art was authored, designed and published by James M. Alterman, an expert in the field of Pennsylvania Impressionist and Modernist painting. A longtime collector and owner of two fine art galleries, Alterman wanted to create a user-friendly book intended not only to educate collectors and enthusiasts about this art but to help train one's eye. The book offers valuable tips on how to avoid common mistakes often experienced by new collectors drawn from the author's personal experiences as a collector and fine art dealer.