Pulitzer Prize for Drama has Door County Connection
Directed by Peninsula Player Kimberly Senior
Fish Creek, Wisconsin – Peninsula Players Theatre is pleased to announce that “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar and directed by Peninsula Player director Kimberly Senior has been named winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The prize is awarded to the playwright.
“Overwhelmed!” were Senior’s sentiments on her Facebook page after hearing the announcement. “’Disgraced’ is a brave, special, once-in-a-lifetime play and the accolades for Ayad Akhtar‘s fantastic play are so well deserved,” she said. “Disgraced” is a moving play that depicts a successful corporate lawyer painfully forced to consider why he has for so long camouflaged his Pakistani Muslim heritage while at a dinner party. The conversation of two couples touches on Islamic traditions, Sept. 11 and several other elements that spiral into chaos.
“I really wanted to write a play that was going to have a legitimately tragic dimension for a contemporary audience,” Akhtar said in an interview with the Associated Press.
Peninsula Players Artistic Director Greg Vinkler strives to bring the best talent to Players audiences, which is evident each time a company member receives accolades or a nomination for their work.
“Kimberly’s work on ‘Disgraced,’ which I saw in New York, was absolutely wonderful,” said Vinkler. “I am very happy that someone of her caliber has enjoyed working with the Players so much.”
Peninsula Players’ patrons who enjoyed performances of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Nile” or Aarron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” saw Senior’s work on stage in Door County. Senior was named the 2012 Best Director in Chicago by Chicago Magazine and directed “Disgraced” at Lincoln Center Theater. Other directorial work includes “Want” and “The North Plan” at Steppenwolf; “Waiting for Lefty” at American Blues and “All My Sons” at TimeLine Theatre to name just a few.
She is an Artistic Associate at Next, Strawdog and Chicago Dramatists. She has been nominated for several Joseph Jefferson awards and citations and is the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Evanston with her husband, scenic designer Jack Magaw and her children.
Saloon (June 11 – June 30) A cowboy tale in the gritty Old West by Terry Twyman
Once a Ponzi Time (July 3 – July 21) A side-splitting world première comedy filled with fabricated finances by Joe Foust
Sunday in the Park with George (July 21- August 11) music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. This Pulitzer Prize-winning musical was inspired by Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” “Absolutely ravishing. A seriously beautiful musical” – Evening Standard
Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot (Aug. 14 – Sept. 1) A whodunit filled with twists, turns and murderous pandemonium. “The Game’s Afoot is Murderously Funny!” –Broadway World Cleveland * Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!
Miracle on South Division Street (Sept. 4 – Oct. 20) by Tom Dudzick, from the creator of Over the Tavern and Greetings! comes another heartfelt and hilarious family comedy.
“… a sprightly, gentle comedy, where revelations that might remake a family’s sense of itself are rolled out in service of laughter.” – The New York Times
June 11 –Aug 31, Tues. – Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 – Oct. 20, Tues. – Sun. 7 p.m. Season and Group rates available
EXECEPT SUNDAYS June 30, July 21, August 11, Sept. 1 and October 20 at 4 p.m.
Ticket prices: Non-Musicals Rows A-K (1-10 )$40, Rows L-O (11-14 )$37 and Rows P- S (15-18) $34, Musicals: Rows A-K (1-10 )$43, Rows L-O (11-14 )$40 and Rows P- S (15-18) $37
A Actors and stage management are members of Actors’ Equity, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
A Peninsula Players is a non-profit theater with 501(c)3 status.
A Voted Favorite Door County Theatre by the readers of Door County Magazine.