Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced" Wins Pulitzer Prize

Hartford Courant


"Disgraced," by Ayad Akhtar, won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for his work in his off-Broadway play depicting "a successful corporate lawyer painfully forced to consider why he has for so long camouflaged his Pakistani Muslim heritage."

The play is set for the Bush Theatre in London next month.

Finalists were: "Rapture, Blister, Burn,” by Gina Gionfriddo, "a searing comedy that examines the psyches of two women in midlife as they ruefully question the differing choices they have made" and "4000 Miles," by Amy Herzog, a drama "that shows acute understanding of human idiosyncrasy as a spiky 91-year-old locks horns with her rudderless 21-year-old grandson who shows up at her Greenwich Village apartment after a disastrous cross-country bike trip."

Last year Quiara Alegria Hudes' "Water By The Spoonful" was a surprise win. The play -- the second part of a trilogy -- did not have a production at the time in New York nor beyond Hartford Stage, which commissioned, developed and premiered the work. It finally opened in New York earlier this year and the final play of the trilogy, "The Happiest Song Plays Last" is now in previews at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Hudes joined the Pulitzer board last fall.

Information about "Disgraced" in London added.

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