Quiara Alegría Hudes Wins 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

April 17, 2012

Quiara Alegría Hudes
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Water by the Spoonful, by Quiara Alegría Hudes, is the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, recognizing an outstanding stage work that premiered during the 2011 calendar year. The winner was announced 3 PM April 16 at Columbia University.

The work, according to the Pulitzer Committee, is described as "an imaginative play about the search for meaning by a returning Iraq war veteran working in a sandwich shop in his hometown of Philadelphia."

Also nominated as finalists in this category were Other Desert Cities, by Jon Robin Baitz, "a taut, witty drama about an affluent California couple whose daughter has written a memoir that threatens to reveal family secrets about her dead brother"; and Sons of the Prophet, by Stephen Karam, "a masterly play about a Lebanese-American family that blends comedy and tragedy in its examination of how suffering capriciously rains down on some and not others."

The Pulitzer Jury comprised Steven Leigh Morris, critic-at-large, L.A. Weekly (Chair); Bruce Norris, playwright, New York, NY; Rohan Preston, theater critic, Star-Tribune, Minneapolis, MN; David Savran, distinguished professor of theatre, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY; and Linda Winer, theater critic, Newsday, Melville, NY.

Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the book for the Broadway musical In the Heights. In 2008, In the Heights received the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Hudes’ play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007. Her play Water By the Spoonful premiered at Hartford Stage Company in 2011. Barrio Grrrl! premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2009 and toured nationally. 26 Miles premiered at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2009 and was published in American Theatre Magazine. Yemaya’s Belly, Hudes’ first play, premiered at Portland Stage Company and received The Clauder Prize, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, and the KCACTF Latino Playwriting Award.

Established in 1917 in honor of American journalist and publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the annual ceremony presents honors in 21 categories.

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