Clybourne Park wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Clybourne Park, which will open Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 2011–2012 season in September, is the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play, by regular Steppenwolf collaborator Bruce Norris, debuted last year at Playwrights Horizons in New York and has gone on to acclaimed runs in several cities; a sort of satiric follow-up to Lorraine Hansberry's Chicago–set A Raisin in the SunClybourne Park is the only one of Norris's last seven plays not to have its premiere at Steppenwolf.

Lisa D'Amour's Detroit, which premiered at Steppenwolf last fall, was also a finalist for the Pulitzer, along with John Guare's A Free Man of Color. The Steppenwolf production of Detroit will move to Broadway this fall. Chicago Tribune critic Chris Jones was a member of this year's drama jury, along with Washington Post critic Peter Marks, L.A. Weekly critic Steven Leigh Morris, CUNY theater professor David Savran and Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage.

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