Stephen Adly Guirgis’ ‘Between Riverside and Crazy’ wins Pulitzer

 “Between Riverside and Crazy” by Stephen Adly Guirgis wins the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Also nominated as finalists in this category were “Marjorie Prime,” by Jordan Harrison, and “Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3),” by Suzan-Lori Parks.

 “Between Riverside and Crazy” is a nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death.

“Marjorie Prime” is a sly and surprising work about technology and artificial intelligence told through images and ideas that resonate.

“Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, 3)” is a distinctive and lyrical epic about a slave during the Civil War that deftly takes on questions of identity, power and freedom with a blend of humor and dignity.

 The $10,000 prize goes to a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.

image of Stephen Adly Guirgis at the 65th annual Tony Awards.
Stephen Adly Guirgis at the 65th annual Tony Awards.

“Between Riverside and Crazy” was directed by Austin Pendleton and staged the Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St. It runs about 2 hours, with one 15 minute intermission.

City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop & recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, when the struggle to hold on to one of thelast great rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems the Old Days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.

Stephen Adly Guirgis is also known for the plays “The Motherf*cker with the Hat,” “Jesus Hopped the A Train” and “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.”

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