12 Jul 2013
Edward Albee has won the 2013 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize.
Albee will receive the honor Nov. 3 during the Chicago Humanities Festival, which will run Nov. 1-10. The Chicago Tribune will also recognize the winners of this year's Heartland Prizes: "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for fiction and "The Third Coast" by Thomas Dyja for nonfiction.
Albee is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for Three Tall Women, Seascape and A Delicate Balance. In 2005 he received a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Albee, who acts as a mentor to many young playwrights, established the Edward F. Albee Foundation in 1967 as a way "to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance," according to the organization's website.
The Chicago Tribune began awarding the Literary Prize in 2002 as a way to recognize a writer's distinguished career and its impact on American culture. Previous dramatists who have won the Literary Prize include Arthur Miller, Tony Kushner, August Wilson and Sam Shepard.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.