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Fairview playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury wins 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Ma Yaa Boateng in Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury. Photo: Julieta Cervantes
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Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Fairview.

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama recognises “a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life”, with the winner receiving $15,000.

Sibblies Drury’s drama Fairview is praised on the prize’s website for “[examining] race in a highly conceptual, layered structure, ultimately bringing audiences into the actors’ community to face deep-seated prejudices”.

The play was co-commissioned by US theatres Soho Rep and Berkeley Rep and will receive its UK premiere at the Young Vic in London, where it runs from November 28 to January 18, 2020.

The other finalists for the prize were Clare Barron, with Dance Nation, and Heidi Schreck’s What the Constitution Means to Me.

Fairview also recently won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2019, which celebrates female playwrights.

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