Congratulations to Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis

Congratulations to playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis for winning the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  It's a well-deserved honor for Between Riverside and Crazy, which originally ran Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company and and then at 2ndStage Theater. It's the story of a retired police officer facing eviction.

Guirgis now joins the ranks of other legendary Pulitzer winners -- Eugene O'Neill, Thornton Wilder, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, David Mamet, Neil Simon, Tony Kushner, and more recently David Auburn, John Patrick Shanley, and Traci Letts. (Check out my prior blog post for the full list of Pulitzer Prize winning plays.)

Stephen Adly Guirgis is one of my favorite living playwrights.  Here are some of the excellent plays he's created:

Jesus Hopped the A Train
Angel Cruz is a young man in prison, accused of murdering the leader of a religious cult.

Our Lady of 121st Street
The lives of multiple characters are revealed when the body of a community activist nun is stolen from a funeral home.

In Arabia We'd All Be Kings
A group of out-of-luck individuals gather at a Hell's Kitchen bar during the days of Mayor Giuliani.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Read Fr. James Martin's excellent book, A Jesuit Off-Broadway, for a wonderful behind-the-scenes account of this production.

The Motherf--ker with the Hat
A former drug dealer is released from prison and accuses his girlfriend of cheating. It won multiple awards.

I'm looking forward to seeing what other stories he has in store for us.


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