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“Between Riverside and Crazy” Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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    Stephen McKinley Henderson in the Second Stage Theatre's production of "Between Riverside and Crazy."

    Between Riverside and Crazy,” Stephen Adly Guirgis' dark comedy about an ex-cop and recent widower struggling to hold on to his rent stabilized apartment, has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

    The play, which premiered Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theatre Company in 2014, and also ran at the Second Stage Theatre earlier this year, beat out two other finalists for the top prize -- Jordan Harrison’s “Marjorie Prime” and Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3).”

    The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is awarded annually to “a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.”

    The Pulitzer committee described Guirgis’ play as “a nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death."

    Along with the title, Guirgis, who also wrote the 2012 Broadway hit “The Motherf*cker with the Hat,” will receive a $10,000 prize.

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