Prize Winning Plays and What Makes Them Great

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Some theater plays leave such a deep mark on the spectators that the effect is echoed the world over. The profound effect of a good theater play can change a person’s life and most of these plays receive awards that seals them into theatre history. We have here three prize-winning plays and what makes them great. Read on and enjoy.

The Flick

by Annie Baker is the receiver of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2014 and the Obie Award for Playwriting in 2013. The play debuted in the Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway and continued to be staged in few other theaters in the subsequent years, including at the National Theatre in London. The Flick has been greeted with standing ovations on numerous occasions. Why? Because the play manages to make significant the insignificant conversation of three employees of a decrepit movie-theater who talk about the banality of their work. One of the characters may enjoy car racing or fight clubs. One of the point of the play is that most people can relate to the questions that are arisen. The praise for the play goes for the fact that it succeeds in holding the audience’s attention for three hours. Some viewers have complained that that is too much, but this did not result in the play being shortened so the author Annie Baker is justly upkept the integrity of her play which is a testament to her literary genius. 

Cost of Living

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was given to the Off-Broadway play Cost of Living, authored by Martyna Majok. The play is about the challenges of two completely atypical relationships and the elements that bind them together. To make it clearer, these relationships are between people with physical disabilities and people without, and to make things even more interesting, the original staging of the play featured actors who have the same disabilities which are portrayed in the play – one of the roles is for a double amputee and the other for a quadriplegic who has sustained a tragic accident. Besides winning the Pulitzer, Cost of Living has earned other awards and accolades, including three Lucille Lortel Award nominations.

The Scarlet Letter

is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most praised novel that takes place in Puritan Massachusetts. In a close-knit religious community a woman has born a child out of wedlock. The woman is put to public shame and is forced to reveal the name of the father. The premise of the story finds contemporary proximity and has been adapted to film and theater. The Scarlet Letter play staged by Carol Gilligan and produced at Prime Stage Theatre has received praise for grasping the dramatic innuendos as well as the tension that is inflicted upon the hapless woman by a relentless societal and religious dogma. As staged by a feminist, ethicist and psychologist, Carol Gilligan, the Scarlet Letter receives a breath of contemporary air in portraying the problems that are extrapolated over the modern landscape. Although the play has not won any awards, mostly because it is an adaptation, it has received much praise for the ingenuity of the adaptation. 

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