- The New York Times, April 8, 2010, 4:23 pm
- By PATRICK HEALY
Any informed speculation, gut calls, or plain guesses on which play or musical will win the Pulitzer Prize for drama on Monday afternoon?
We’ve received plenty of e-mail and phone calls on the matter over the last two weeks. One fact we’ve learned: Donald Margulies’ play “Time Stands Still,” which had a well-reviewed run at Manhattan Theater Club this winter, will be submitted and eligible for Pulitzer consideration in 2011, not this year. Another: Admirers of Horton Foote’s “The Orphans’ Home Cycle” are pulling mightily for the playwright to win posthumously, not only to honor his work but to help attract investors for a possible Broadway production of the nine-hour play next season. (It is now running Off Broadway at Signature Theater Company through May 8.)
In addition to “Orphans,” the shows that have been mentioned the most to us as likely top contenders are, in alphabetical order, “The Brother/Sister Plays” by Tarell Alvin McCraney; “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker; “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris; “Eclipsed” by Danai Gurira; “In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl; and “Next Fall” by Geoffrey Nauffts, which is now running on Broadway. (The Pulitzer committee does not say what plays are nominated or under consideration; it only announces the winner and finalists, or no winner in the case of some years.)
The Broadway producer Jeffrey Richards (“Enron,” “August: Osage County”) said in an interview by e-mail the other day that he was hopeful both his current Broadway play, “Race,” by David Mamet, and “Orphans’ Home Cycle” – which he is involved with mulling for a Broadway move – were being given their due consideration by the Pulitzer committee.
“A Pulitzer helps any play,” Mr. Richards wrote. “Certainly a Pulitzer would help ‘Orphans’ also in its long-range plans.”
So, ArtsBeat readers, what play or musical do you think will win the Pulitzer (and/or, which one should), and why?