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LYNN NOTTAGE Becomes First Woman to Win Two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, currently on Broadway, has just won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Her play Sweat also received the 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Nottage previously won a Pulitzer Prize for her play Ruined in 2009. She is the first woman to win two Pulitzer Prizes for drama.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

New York, April 10, 2017: The Pulitzer committee announced the winners of the annual Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University today. Lynn Nottage’s Sweat won the top honor in the drama category with a $15,000 cash prize. The finalists for the drama prize were Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music and Sarah DeLappe‘s The Wolves. Sweat follows a group of friends who work at a factory in Reading, Pa., amid the decline of the Industrial Revolution in America. The play, which was co-commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Arena Stage, has been produced at OSF, Arena Stage, and the Public Theater. It is currently running on Broadway at Studio 54 through September. Sweat also received the 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Nottage previously won a Pulitzer for her play Ruined in 2009. She is the first woman to win two Pulitzer Prizes for drama. The jury for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama included critic Elysa Gardner, playwright Annie Baker, critic Jesse Green, professor Jonathan Kalb, and critic Wendy Rosenfield. Theatre critic Hilton Als of The New Yorker received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, making him the first theatre critic to win the prize since Walter Kerr in 1978. The Pulitzer Prize was established in 1917 by Joseph Pulitzer and recognizes achievements in journalism, literature, drama, and music composition. The award is administered by Columbia University. —American Theatre

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