Lynn Nottage, playwright and screenwriter, reads several monologues excerpted from her play “Sweat” at the 2017 Celebration of Arts & Humanities.
Lynn Nottage is a playwright and screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her plays include “Sweat” (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Nomination, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” (Lily Award, Drama Desk Nomination), “Ruined” (Pulitzer Prize, OBIE, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, and Audelco), “Intimate Apparel” (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Play), “Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine” (OBIE Award), “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” “Las Meninas,” “Mud, River, Stone,” “Por’knockers,” and “Poof!.” She is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play “Intimate Apparel” into an opera (commissioned by The Met/LCT). She is the co-founder of the production company, Market Road Films, whose most recent projects include “The Notorious Mr. Bout,” directed by Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin (Premiere/Sundance 2014), First to Fall, directed by Rachel Beth Anderson (Premiere/IDFA 2013), and Remote Control (Premiere/Busan 2013-New Currents Award). She has developed original projects for HBO, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Showtime, This is That, and Harpo. Nottage is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, Steinberg “Mimi” Distinguished Playwright Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize, Helen Hayes Award, the Lee Reynolds Award, and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. Her other honors include the National Black Theatre Fest’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, a Guggenheim Grant, PEN/Laura Pels Award, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, and Visiting Research Fellowship at Princeton University.
On Friday, October 6, 2017, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences kicked off its Induction weekend events with a Celebration of the Arts and Humanities. Newly elected Academy members Greil Marcus, Brenda Hillman, Faith Ringgold, Arthur Sze, Mark Slobin, Elizabeth Broun, and Lynn Nottage all spoke about their work and experience in the arts.