Former UI playwright-in-residence a 2011 Pulitzer finalist

Lisa D’Amour, a former playwright-in-residence in the Iowa Playwrights Workshop of the University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in drama for her play Detroit.

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced April 18 in New York. The winning play was Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris.

Detroit was described as “a contemporary tragicomic play that depicts a slice of desperate life in a declining inner-ring suburb where hope is in foreclosure.”

D’Amour was at the University as a visiting professor in playwriting in the 2007–08 academic year, when she was working on a performance piece about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on her hometown, New Orleans.

An Obie Award winner, D’Amour has written Hide Town, Anna Bella Eema, Nita and Zita, Night Sky, Red Death, Tale of the West Texas Marsupial Girl, 16 Spells to Charm the Beast, and The Cataract. Detroit was premiered by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.

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