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Episode 9
Lynn Nottage with Nilo Cruz

Nilo Cruz examines with DG Council member Lynn Nottage, the inspiration for Nottage’s Ruined and Las Meninas. The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwrights talk through her use of first and secondary sources of research to impact characters and settings in her work.

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LYNN NOTTAGE (born 1964)


Lynn Nottage is the recipient of the 2007 MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” the National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award for Drama, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, as well as fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined has received an OBIE, the Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Nottage serves on the Council of The Dramatists Guild, and is an alumna of New Dramatists.

Works include: Crumbs from the Table of Joy (1995), Poof (1993), Mud, River, Stone (1997), Las Meninas (2002), Intimate Apparel (2003), Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (2004), Ruined (2008), By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (2011).


NILO CRUZ (born 1960)


Nilo Cruz received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, Anna in the Tropics; he became the first Latino so honored. Cruz has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including two NEA/TCG National Theatre Artist Residency grants, a Rockefeller Foundation grant, San Francisco's W. Alton Jones award, a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays award and a USA Artist Fellowship.

Works include: Dancing on Her Knees (1994), Night Train to Bolina (1995), A Park in Our House (1995), Two Sisters and a Piano (1998), A Bicycle Country (1999), Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams (2001), Anna in the Tropics (2002), Lorca in a Green Dress (2003), Capricho (2003), Beauty of the Father (2006), The Color of Desire (2010), Hurricane (2010).


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