Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

His Own Pulitzer: Out Playwright Doug Wright Reflects on Winning the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for His Broadway Hit I Am My Own Wife

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

His Own Pulitzer: Out Playwright Doug Wright Reflects on Winning the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for His Broadway Hit I Am My Own Wife

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The day after he won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Doug Wright was still feeling a bit giddy: "I keep calling my boyfriend every two hours and saying, 'I still have my Pulitzer!' I keep waiting to wake up from a dream. It's especially gratifying and exhilarating for someone who grew up with all of the ambivalence one has about one's sexuality, because this award sanctions my most overt and openly gay work."

Wright, best known for the play and film Quills, received the Pulitzer for his current Broadway hit, I Am My Own Wife. The solo show--performed by actor Jefferson Mays and directed by Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project)--grew out of interviews Wright conducted with Charlotte yon Mahlsdorf, a transgendered German, biologically mate, who lived a singular life as a woman through the Nazi era and the Communist regime that followed.

"When I first met Charlotte I wanted to write a real hymn to her," the playwright explains. …

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