The Pulitzer Prize for drama defied its creative mission when it was bestowed today to Lynn Nottage's off-Broadway play "Ruined."
According to its guidelines, the Pulitzer Prize is supposed to reward "a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life," but "Ruined" focuses on the rape and genital mutilation of women during the civil war in the African Congo.
Nonetheless, "Ruined" had been considered the front-runner to win. It beat two other shows making the list of semi-finalists: "Becky Shaw" by Gina Gionfriddo and "In the Heights" by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes. Playbill has the full story.
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