Playwright Annie Baker has been awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for drama ‘The Flick’ which talks about the directionless employees of an obsolete single-screen Massachusetts movie house.
The three-hour play follows the employees of the movie theater as they clean, converse and otherwise pass the time silently in front of the big screen, said the Hollywood Reporter.
‘The Flick’ debuted last year at New York’s Playwrights Horizons, where it was directed by Sam Gold.
The 33-year-old’s other plays include ‘Body Awareness’ and ‘Circle Mirror Transformation’. The latter was produced at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa in 2011.
Baker had also won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize last year for ‘The Flick’.
A native of Massachusetts, Baker often sets her plays in New England, focusing on emotional undercurrents at play in ordinary, even mundane situations.
Other 2014 finalists in the Drama category, all written by women, included ‘The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence’ by Madeleine George, and Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron’s musical ‘Fun Home’.
Last year’s winner in the drama category was Ayad Akhtar’s ‘Disgraced’, about a corporate lawyer who has hidden his Pakistani Muslim heritage.