Pulitzer Prizes for Drama

Scene from "Why Marry?"
winner of the first
Pulitzer for Drama, in 1918
The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is one of the original Pulitzers. However, no Drama prize was given in the inaugural awards of 1917; effectively, then, it dates from 1918.

It is presented for a theatrical work staged in the U.S. during the preceding calendar year.

For many years the period was from March 2 of one year to March 1 of the next, to accommodate the Broadway theater season. However, since the 2007 awards it has been regularized to match the calendar year, as do the other awards. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

Finalists have been announced in the Fiction category since 1980. These are indicated with an "F"; winners in the same years are designated with a "W."

In fifteen different years, no award was given. In 1963, according to Wikipedia, "The Pulitzer committee recommended Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but the Pulitzer board, who have sole discretion in awarding the prize, rejected the recommendation, due to the play's perceived vulgarity, and no award was given instead.

When there was no award given after 1980, some finalists are listed without a winner, as in 1997 and 2006.

You can read more about some of the more recent winners and finalists at the Pulitzer site.

1917: No award given
1918: Why Marry? (Jesse Lynch Williams)
1919: No award given

1920: Beyond the Horizon (Eugene O'Neill)
1921: Miss Lulu Bett (Zona Gale)
1922: Anna Christie (Eugene O'Neill)
1923: Icebound (Owen Davis)
1924: Hell-Bent Fer Heaven (Hatcher Hughes)
1925: They Knew What They Wanted (Sidney Howard)
1926: Craig's Wife (George Kelly)
1927: In Abraham's Bosom (Paul Green)
1928: Strange Interlude (Eugene O'Neill)
1929: Street Scene (Elmer Rice)

1930: The Green Pastures (Marc Connelly)
1931: Alison's House (Susan Glaspell)
1932: Of Thee I Sing (George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, Ira Gershwin,)
1933: Both Your Houses (Maxwell Anderson)
1934: Men in White (Sidney Kingsley)
1935: The Old Maid (Zoë Akins)
1936: Idiot's Delight (Robert E. Sherwood)
1937: You Can't Take it with You (Moss Hart, George S. Kaufman)
1938: Our Town (Thornton Wilder)
1939: Abe Lincoln in Illinois (Robert E. Sherwood)

1940: The Time of Your Life (William Saroyan)
1941: There Shall Be No Night (Robert E. Sherwood)
1942: No award given
1943: The Skin of Our Teeth (Thornton Wilder)
1945: Harvey (Mary Coyle Chase)
1946: State of the Union (Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay)
1947: No award given
1948: A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)
1949: Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller)

1950: South Pacific (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Joshua Logan)
1951: No award given
1952: The Shrike (Joseph Kramm)
1953: Picnic (William Inge)
1954: The Teahouse of the August Moon (John Patrick)
1955: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tennessee Williams)
1956: The Diary of Anne Frank (Albert Hackett and Frances Goodrich)
1957: Long Day's Journey into Night (Eugene O'Neill)
1958: Look Homeward, Angel (Ketti Frings)
1959: J.B. (Archibald MacLeish)

1960: Fiorello! (Jerome Weidman, George Abbott, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick)
1961: All the Way Home (Tad Mosel)
1962: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows)
1963: No award given (But see note regarding Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? above.)
1964: No award given
1965: The Subject Was Roses (Frank D. Gilroy)
1966: No award given
1967: A Delicate Balance (Edward Albee)
1968: No award given
1969: The Great White Hope (Howard Sackler)

1970: No Place to be Somebody (Charles Gordone)
1971: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (Paul Zindel)
1972: No award given
1973: That Championship Season (Jason Miller)
1974: No award given
1975: Seascape (Edward Albee)
1976: A Chorus Line (Michael Bennett, Nicholas Dante and James Kirkwood, Jr., Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban)
1977: The Shadow Box (Michael Cristofer)
1978: The Gin Game (Donald L. Coburn)
1979: Buried Child (Sam Shepard)

1980: Talley's Folly (Lanford Wilson)
1981: Crimes of the Heart (Beth Henley)
1982: A Soldier's Play (Charles Fuller)
1983: (W) 'night, Mother (Marsha Norman)
1983: (F) True West (Sam Shepard)
1984: (W) Glengarry Glen Ross (David Mamet)
1984: (F) Fool for Love (Sam Shepard)
1984: (F) Painting Churches (Tina Howe)
1985: (W) Sunday in the Park with George (James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim)
1985: (F) The Dining Room (A. R. Gurney)
1985: (F) The Gospel at Colonus (Lee Breuer, Bob Telson)
1986: No award given
1987: (W) Fences (August Wilson)
1987: (F) A Walk in the Woods (Lee Blessing)
1987: (F) Broadway Bound (Neil Simon)
1988: (W) Driving Miss Daisy (Alfred Uhry)
1988: (F) Boy's Life (Howard Korder)
1988: (F) Talk Radio (Eric Bogosian)
1989: (W) The Heidi Chronicles (Wendy Wasserstein)
1989: (F) Joe Turner's Come and Gone (August Wilson)
1989: (F) M. Butterfly (David Henry Hwang)

1990: (W) The Piano Lesson (August Wilson)
1990: (F) And What of the Night? (María Irene Fornés)
1990: (F) Love Letters (A. R. Gurney)
1991: (W) Lost in Yonkers (Neil Simon)
1991: (F) Prelude to a Kiss (Craig Lucas)
1991: (F) Six Degrees of Separation (John Guare)
1992: (W) The Kentucky Cycle (Robert Schenkkan)
1992: (F) Conversations with My Father (Herb Gardner)
1992: (F) Miss Evers' Boys (David Feldshuh)
1992: (F) Sight Unseen (Donald Margulies)
1992: (F) Two Trains Running (August Wilson)
1993: (W) Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Tony Kushner)
1993: (F) Fires in the Mirror (Anna Deavere Smith)
1993: (F) The Destiny of Me (Larry Kramer)
1994: (W) Three Tall Women (Edward Albee)
1994: (F) A Perfect Ganesh (Terrence McNally)
1994: (F) Keely and Du (Jane Martin)
1995: (W) The Young Man From Atlanta (Horton Foote)
1995: (F) Seven Guitars (August Wilson)
1995: (F) The Cryptogram (David Mamet)
1996: (W) Rent (Jonathan Larson)
1996: (F) A Fair Country (Jon Robin Baitz)
1996: (F) Old Wicked Songs (Jon Marans)
1997: No award given
1997: (F) Collected Stories (Donald Margulies)
1997: (F) Pride's Crossing (Tina Howe)
1997: (F) The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Alfred Uhry)
1998: (W) How I Learned to Drive (Paula Vogel)
1998: (F) Freedomland (Amy Freed)
1998: (F) Three Days of Rain (Richard Greenberg)
1999: (W) Wit (Margaret Edson)
1999: (F) Running Man (Cornelius Eady and Diedre Murray)
1999: (F) Side Man (Warren Leight)

2000: (W) Dinner with Friends (Donald Margulies)
2000: (F) In the Blood (Suzan-Lori Parks)
2000: (F) King Hedley II (August Wilson)
2001: (W) Proof (David Auburn)
2001: (F) The Play About the Baby (Edward Albee)
2001: (F) The Waverly Gallery (Kenneth Lonergan)
2002: (W) Topdog/Underdog (Suzan-Lori Parks)
2002: (F) The Glory of Living (Rebecca Gilman)
2002: (F) Yellowman (Dael Orlandersmith)
2003: (W) Anna in the Tropics (Nilo Cruz)
2003: (F) Take Me Out (Richard Greenberg)
2003: (F) The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? (Edward Albee)
2004: (W) I Am My Own Wife (Doug Wright)
2004: (F) Man from Nebraska (Tracy Letts)
2004: (F) Omnium Gatherum (Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros)
2005: (W) Doubt: A Parable (John Patrick Shanley)
2005: (F) The Clean House (Sarah Ruhl)
2005: (F) Thom Pain (based on nothing) (Will Eno)
2006: No award given
2006: (F) Miss Witherspoon (Christopher Durang)
2006: (F) Red Light Winter (Adam Rapp)
2006: (F) The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Rolin Jones)
2007: (W) Rabbit Hole (David Lindsay-Abaire)
2007: (F) Bulrusher (Eisa Davis)
2007: (F) Elliot, a Soldier's Fugue (Quiara Alegría Hudes)
2007: (F) Orpheus X (Rinde Eckert)
2008: (W) August: Osage County (Tracy Letts)
2008: (F) Dying City (Christopher Shinn)
2008: (F) Yellow Face (David Henry Hwang)
2009: (W) Ruined (Lynn Nottage)
2009: (F) Becky Shaw (Gina Gionfriddo)
2009: (F) In the Heights (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes)

2010: (W) Next to Normal (Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey)
2010: (F) Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Rajiv Joseph)
2010: (F) In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (Sarah Ruhl)
2010: (F) The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Kristoffer Diaz)
2011: (W) Clybourne Park (Bruce Norris)
2011: (F) A Free Man of Color (John Guare)
2011: (F) Detroit (Lisa D'Amour)
2012: (W) Water by the Spoonful (Quiara Alegría Hudes)
2012: (F) Other Desert Cities (Jon Robin Baitz)
2012: (F) Sons of the Prophet (Stephen Karam)
2013: (W) Disgraced (Ayad Akhtar)
2013: (F) 4000 Miles (Amy Herzog
2013: (F) Rapture, Blister, Burn (Gina Gionfriddo)

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