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Playwright Lynn Nottage Scores 2nd Pulitzer Prize for Broadway’s ‘Sweat’

Playwright Lynn Nottage attends the "Eclipsed" broadway opening night at The Golden Theatre on March 6, 2016 in New York City.
Playwright Lynn Nottage attends the “Eclipsed” broadway opening night at The Golden Theatre on March 6, 2016 in New York City.

*Lynn Nottage’s play Sweat, about a group of working-class friends in a declining factory town, has earned the playwright the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Nottage makes history as the first female playwright to earn the esteemed award twice, having won previously for her 2009 drama Ruined, set in the Congo.

Sweat opened at Studio 54 on March 26, marking the Broadway playwriting debut for Nottage. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives working together on the factory floor. When rumors of layoffs begin to stir, rifts form, chipping away at their trust and pitting them against each other.

Nottage chose the real declining community of Reading, PA as inspiration for the play.

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Also among the list of Pulitzer winners was New Yorker theater critic Hilton Als, winning the award for criticism, as well as Colson Whitehead’s “The Underground Railroad,” bagging the fiction prize.

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