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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Monday, April 17, 2006

No Pulitizer Prize for Drama This Year

Well... doesn't that just butter your bread? Nothing? Anyone know how long it's been since this happened?

Of course, the nominees weren't exactly stellar. All due respect to the writers, but it seems like the Pulitizer nominations have about as narrow a view of drama as the Tony Awards.

That being said, this is a wake up call all around. What's being produced is lowering in quality, and the attention and knowledge of the wide range of offerings is also quite narrow.

That being said, I feel like we're due for something to break on the positive side. I don't know why, just a feeling. Hope springs eternal.

I'll go on record by saying...it's ain't going to be Tarzan. Sorry Mouse.


parabasis said...

actually, it hasn't been that long. i think the last time they didn't award a pulitzer for drama was the year Wynton Marsalis won for music for his Oratorio... it might have been the year right after RENT...

then there was all this "Death of the Theater" mishegas in the press...

I wonder... will we have that again or will anyone else reach the conclusion that perhaps the Pulitzer committee wasn't looking in the right places?

Ian W. Hill said...

I'm going back through the winners on the Pulitzer site now -- unfortunately, when I simply try to get a list of Drama winners from 1917 to the present I get a "server error" notice. So I'm having to check the winners year by year.

So far, looking back to 1950, "No Award" took it in 1997 (yes, the year after RENT, as Isaac notes), in 1986, in 1974, 1972, 1968, 1966, 1964, 1963, and in 1951.

So, not a huge oddity (I noticed a few other "No Awards" in other categories over the years, too).

I wonder what now-classic works we might find if we looked back at those years?