In a spectacular LAT blog post yesterday, McNulty was fuming, explaining how
Columbia University's journalism school, where the prizes are administrated, ignored the advice of its drama jury in favor of its own sentiments. It's a familiar story, but as chair of this year's jury... I can't help being ticked off. Two points, in particular, rankle: the blinkered New York mentality and the failure to appreciate new directions in playwriting. The board had an opportunity to correct these long-standing shortcomings, and it blew it.
In an era in which important new dramatic works rarely get their start in New York, the board's geographical myopia, a vision of the American theater that starts in Times Square and ends just a short taxi ride away is especially disheartening.
Update: More drama! According to ArtsBeat, "several members" of the board that ultimately decides the prize-winners (after consulting the jury's report) went to see Next to Normal last Thursday, the night before their final deliberations on which play should win the 2010 Pulitzer.
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