Lynn Nottage (born 1964) is an American Pulitzer Prize winning playwright whose work often deals with the lives of African Americans and women. She was born in Brooklyn and is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005, and a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2007. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2009 for Ruined.
Her best-known play is Intimate Apparel, co-commissioned and produced at Baltimore's Center Stage (where it premiered in February 2003) and South Coast Repertory. It was highly acclaimed in its Off-Broadway production in 2004, starring Viola Davis. She wrote a companion piece to Intimate Apparel, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, which is set 100 years later. The West Coast premiere of her Crumbs from the Table of Joy, at South Coast Repertory, earned two NAACP Theatre Awards for performance. Nottage's latest play, Ruined, dramatizes the plight of Congolese women surviving civil war and premiered in November 2008 at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, and transferred to New York. It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in April 2009. Her other plays include the children’s musical, A Walk Through Time; Mud, River, Stone (Blackburn Prize finalist); Por’knockers; Poof! (Heideman Award); and Las Meninas.
Nottage's plays have been produced Off-Broadway and regionally by The Acting Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alliance Theatre Company, Capital Repertory Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, Freedom Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Second Stage Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Studio Arena Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Horizons and many others.
She has been awarded playwriting fellowships from Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is also the recipient of a Playwrights Horizons Amblin/Dreamworks commission and an NEA/TCG grant for a year-long residency at Freedom Repertory Theatre in Philadelphia. Ms. Nottage is a member of New Dramatists.
On May 13, 2009, Nottage spoke at a public reception in Washington, DC following a United States Senate Foreign Relations joint subcommittee hearing entitled "Confronting Rape and Other Forms of Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones," with case studies on the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan .
- Crumbs from the Table of Joy (1995)
- Poof (1993)
- Mud, River, Stone (1998)
- Las Meninas (2002)
- Intimate Apparel (2003)
- Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (2004)
- Ruined (2008)
- ^ "MacArthur Fellows 2007, Information as of September 2007",macfound.org, accessed May 13, 2009
- ^ Healy, Patrick."Women of ruined to speak in washington about rape"The New York Times, May 12, 2009
- Official site
- Internet Off-Broadway listing, Lynn Nottage
- Biography at New Dramatists
- "The Playwrights Database, Lynn Nottage" doollee.com