The Week in Review
Disgraced Wins Pulitzer Prize: Disgraced, Ayad Akthar's crackling drama about a Pakistani-American corporate lawyer whose life unravels at a dinner party, deservedly won this year's Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The debut production, produced at Lincoln Center's LCT3 stage, was designed by Lauren Helpern (scenery), Dane Laffrey (costumes), Tyler Micoleau (lighting), and Jill BC Du Boff (sound). The premiere production, at Chicago's American Theatre Company, was designed by Jack Magaw (scenery), Christine Binder (lighting), Janice Pytel (costumes), and Kevin O'Donnell (sound). Runner-ups included 4,000 Miles, by Amy Herzog, also produced by LCT3, and Rapture, Blister, Burn, by Gina Gionfriddo, seen at Playwrights Horizons.
Edwin Shirley Dies: Edwin Shirley, owner of Edwin Shirley Trucking, a major entertainment transport company in Europe, died on April 16. In other lives, he was also an organizer of concert tours and bounder of Three Mills Island Studios, a television and recording facility. On the company's website, Emma Pascoe, daughter of Shirley's life partner, Marg Pascoe, wrote, "For now I intend to keep his company going if possible as that is what he would expect of me. He worked so hard, even when he was feeling terrible with the chemotherapy, as it was his reason for living. Even to the very end, he was full of energy and talking about the next business plan. He was an extraordinary man and was loved by many."