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April: Pulitzer Prize Winning Dramas

April 1, 2017

The 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners, including the one for drama, will be announced on the 10th of this month. Like anyone who has majored in theatre, I've read a lot of the "classic" winners - Our TownA Streetcar Named DesireDeath of a SalesmanLong Day's Journey into Night. I even read some of the more recent winners - Rabbit HoleAugust: Osage CountyProof. I saw Next to Normal, the 2010 winner, performed on Broadway, but that's the most recent winner I'm familiar with. That needs to change.

 

In honor of the awards this month, I'll be reading the 2012-2015 winners. (The 2016 winner was Hamilton. To me, this is a piece that needs to be seen and heard as, as with any musical, the whole piece has to be taken into consideration - not just the words, but the melody as well.)

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