Stephen Adly Guirgis wins Pulitzer for drama

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Adly Guirgis's "Between Riverside and Crazy" has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama, a play hailed by the judges for using "dark comedy to confront questions of life and death."

The Columbia University's prize board on Monday gave the playwright the prize for his play about a cantankerous ex-cop who owns a piece of real estate on the Upper West Side and makes it a refuge for the hard-luck orphans who have become his surrogate family.

The drama award, which includes a $10,000 prize, is "for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life," according to the guidelines.

"Between Riverside and Crazy" made its premier at the Atlantic Theater Company and recently jumped to Second Stage Theatre, starring Stephen McKinley Henderson.

The play beat out "Marjorie Prime," by Jordan Harrison and "Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3)," by Suzan-Lori Parks.

Previous playwrights honored include August Wilson, Edward Albee, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams. Recent winners include Annie Baker's "The Flick" and Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced."

Guirgis, who has been a member of the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theatre Company since 1994, had a critical hit on Broadway in 2011 with the searing recovery story "The Motherf---- With the Hat," starring Chris Rock.