Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living Wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Awards   Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living Wins 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
 
The play made its New York premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in June 2017
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Katy Sullivan and Victor Williams Joan Marcus

The 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama went to Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living. The play, which explores the interactions of abled and disabled individuals, played Off-Broadway through Manhattan Theatre Club in June 2017 following a world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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The drama follows the lives of four people: Eddie, an unemployed truck driver; Ani, his ex-wife who's left quadriplegic after a tragic accident; John, who has cerebral palsy; and Jess, his new caregiver.

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Named finalists for the 2018 Prize were Branden Jacobs-Jenkins for Everybody and Tracy Letts for The Minutes. Jacobs-Jenkins was also a finalist in 2016 for Gloria; Letts won in 2008 for August: Osage County after being a finalist in 2004 for Man From Nebraska.

Majok, born in Poland before immigrating to the United States at a young age, frequently gives voices to the voiceless and explores underrepresented communities in her writing. The Juilliard grad's additional works include Ironbound, Pretty Harbour, and queens, which recently premiered at Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3. Her play Sanctuary City heads to New York Theatre Workshop next season.

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The MTC production of Cost of Living, directed by Jo Bonney, featured Jolly Abraham, Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan, and Victor Williams.

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