Look Back at the Last 25 Years of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Shows

As previously announced, playwright Katori Hall has been named this year’s recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for The Hot Wing King. The prize, celebrated with a $15,000 award, is presented annually to the distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.

The world premiere of The Hot Wing King opened at Signature Theatre March 1, 2020 as part of Hall’s residency with the Off-Broadway venue. The comedy follows Cordell Crutchfield as he makes his bid to reclaim the crown at the annual Hot Wang Festival and the trouble the ensues when a troubled family member arrives.

Recognizing work for the 2020 calendar year, this year’s rules alllowed full-length dramatic works that had scheduled premieres postponed or canceled—as well as shows that premiered virtually or outside—to be considered eligible. Zora Howard’s Stew (presented in early 2020 by Page 73) and Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley’s Circle Jerk (which premiered virtually in October) were announced as finalists.

In honor of the prize, look back at the last 25 years of shows that have been earned the honor.