Katori Hall wins Pulitzer Prize for The Hot Wing King
In case you missed the news last week, there was indeed a winner this year for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama!
(There have been several years where the award was not given – and in a year where there wasn’t a lot of theater as we usually know it – there was some worry that it’d get skipped again.)
But nope. We have a winner!
Katori Hall’s play The Hot Wing King, “the story of two gay black men in Memphis, Tennessee navigating love, life, and family” picked up one of the most coveted awards in the world, the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
The show opened at Signature Theater Company in February 2020 before being postponed, but was still granted eligibility for this year’s prize.
(Hall has had a busy couple of years – penning the book (and getting a Tony nomination) for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. And she was the Executive Producer and Showrunner for P-Valley on Starz, based on her play. Oh, and she also appeared on my livestream – click here to watch that video).
Another interesting tid bit about this year’s awards was that one of the finalists was a “streamed” production – Patrick Foley and Michael Breslin’s Circle Jerk.
So yes, my theatermakin’ friends and theatermakin’ fans, streaming is here to stay.
Congrats to Katori, and all the finalists . . . and, well, anyone that got their play off the ground in the past 12 months. You all deserve awards, just for making it happen.
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Watch my interview with Katori Hall here.
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