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Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Feeling Rebloggy

Lynn Nottage’s play Sweat, a personal and political drama exploring America’s industrial decline, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Nottage makes history as the first female playwright to win the prestigious award twice, having won previously for Ruined in 2009.
Nottage says that she wasn’t listening out for the winners of the Pulitzer Prize on April 9, and was just “chilling at home in Brooklyn” when she received a call from a journalist informing her of her win. “I’m in great company,” she tells Playbill, of joining the likes of legendary playwrights Tennessee Williams and Eugene O'Neill, who have won the Pulitzer on more than one occasion.
Sweat, directed by Kate Whoriskey, 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. The production opened on Broadway at Studio 54 on March 26.
The production marks the Broadway playwriting debut for Nottage.

The playwright says that in order to dismantle the “white male gaze” that has dominated the stage, it's necessary to see more female voices represented. “I love being a woman and I love being a woman of color,” says the playwright, who hopes that Sweat will encourage more diverse audiences to Broadway.
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For the most part it is black women
that create content
that contain three dimensional
black female characters.

Every black female playwright, every black female television producer, every black female movie maker translates into dozens of positive black female images for little black girls and young black women.

Celebrate this win because it's a win for all of us. Women hold up half the sky. We need the black community to start reflecting this truth about black women out into the world more often.