Monday, April 7, 2008

Congrats Christopher Shinn!


Shout out and congrats to playwright (and teacher of the EST summer conservatory workshop I did last summer) Christopher Shinn, who was a announced today as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with his play Dying City. Way to go Chris!
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I also recently solved the mystery as to why the Union Square Barnes & Noble features Chris' play book prominently on a table in the drama section all year round and not just when he has plays running. Connor Ratliff, the B&N staffer who mans that part of the fiction section on weekend mornings, premiered the role of June in the Royal Court (London) production of Chris' play Four in 1998. And they are buds. How is that for theater-based, Nancy Drew-style investigative journalism? Connor is also a playwright and has a reading coming up this summer at Theater for a New City.
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Congrats also to Tracy Letts, winner of the Pulitzer for August: Osage County, and David Henry Hwang, finalist for Yellow Face. I don't know them, though.

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