The Queen of Soul is now a Pulitzer Prize winner. Aretha Franklin was awarded a special citation prize “for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades.” She is the first individual woman to receive a special citation prize, which was first awarded in 1930. Past winners have included Bob Dylan, Hank Williams and John Coltrane. Franklin died in August at age 76 of pancreatic cancer.
Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, with What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck and Dance Nation by Clare Barron named as finalists.
Fairview examined race and privilege as told through a family drama and had its world premiere off-Broadway at Soho Rep in June of 2018. The show extended three times. Now Fairview is set to run again at Theatre for a New Audience in June 2 – June 30, 2019. What the Constitution Means to Me is currently playing on Broadway, while Dance Nation had its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in April of 2018.
In Fairview, the Frasier family is gearing up for Grandma’s birthday, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. Plus, the radio’s on the fritz, her sister Jasmine is drinking, her husband Dayton isn’t helping, her brother Tyrone might not show up at all, and her daughter Keisha is being a typical teenager. As Beverly’s hostess-neurosis begins to get the better of her while her family acts like family, Keisha’s adolescent malaise starts to seem like maybe it could be something else.
Jackie Sibblies Drury won the 2019 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for Fairview! This prize recognizes women from around the world who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre.
Jackie Sibblies Drury is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her plays include We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915; Really; and Social Creatures. Sibblies Drury’s plays have been presented by New York City Players and Abrons Arts Center, Soho Rep., Victory Gardens, Trinity Rep, Matrix Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Undermain Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Available Light, Company One and The Bush Theatre in London, among others. Her work has been developed at Sundance, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, A.C.T., the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, PRELUDE.11&14, The Civilians, The Bushwick Starr, The LARK, Magic Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and The MacDowell Colony. Sibblies Drury was a dramaturg for Futurity by César Alvarez and The Lisps; Zero Cost House by Pig Iron Theatre Company and Toshiki Okada; and The Garden by Nichole Canuso Dance Company. She received a 2015 Windham-Campbell Literary Prize in Drama, a 2012-2013 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, and was the inaugural recipient of the 2012-2014 Jerome Fellowship at The LARK. She is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a 2015 United States Artists Gracie Fellow.