Eboni Booth’s ‘Primary Trust’ Receives 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Eboni Booth

New York, NY – Columbia University announced yesterday the 2024 Pulitzer Prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board.

The recipient of the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Drama is Eboni Booth for her play Primary Trust. 

Described as “A simple and elegantly crafted story of an emotionally damaged man who finds a new job, new friends, and a new sense of worth, illustrating how small acts of kindness can change a person’s life and enrich an entire community,” Primary Trust received its world premiere in 2023 at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre.

Finalists for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama include Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich’s Here There Are Blueberries and Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s Public Obscenities.

This year’s jury was chaired by Janice Simpson (Former Director, Arts Journalism Program, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY) and comprised of Lily Janiak (Theatre Critic, San Francisco Chronicle), Chay Yew (Director/Playwright), Lisa Fung (Writer), and Tracy Letts (Writer, past Pulitzer Prize winner).

Eboni Booth is a writer and actor from New York City, and a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship at Juilliard. She is currently in an overall deal with HBO for TV. She previously served as a writer on We Were the Lucky Ones (Hulu/20th/Old 320 Sycamore), Julia (HBO Max/Lionsgate/3Arts) and has staffed in rooms for Netflix and FX. She is also developing for television with FX/Super Frog, and on the feature side with Searchlight/Gran Via. Her most recent play, Primary Trust, premiered off-Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company in Spring 2023 to rave reviews. Her critically acclaimed debut play Paris had its world premiere as a part of Atlantic Theater Company’s 2019/2020 season. Her work has been developed with Victory Gardens, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theater Project, WP Theater, Two River Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and Northern Stage. Eboni is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a graduate of the University of Vermont.