“Nottage has always been a playwright of exceptional range, both in subject matter and tone.” —Susan Domingus, New York Times
[PHOTO BY LYNN SAVARESE]
CONWAY, Ark. (January
24, 2022) – Acclaimed
playwright, producer, and screenwriter Lynn Nottage is this year’s
Hendrix-Murphy Visiting Playwright. She is the first, and remains the only,
woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice: once for “Ruined” (2009)
and again for “Sweat” (2017), both of which were awarded Obies for
She is known for “creating exquisitely crafted and humane works of theater that lure the audience into reconsiderations of compelling, timely concerns” (New York Times).
Nottage will discuss her work on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Worsham Performance Hall in the Student Life and Technology Center (SLTC) on the Hendrix College campus. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. This event is free and open to the
public. Any changes will be shared across Hendrix-Murphy Foundation’s social media on the day of the event.
Among her numerous works, Nottage’s plays include “Clyde’s”; “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark”; “Intimate Apparel”; “Mlima’s Tale”; and “MJ.”
Nottage is the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award, the Literature Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, and the MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship. Her other honors include the National Black Theatre Fest's August Wilson Playwriting Award, a Guggenheim Grant, and a Visiting
Research Fellowship at Princeton University. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale School of Drama, where she was previously a faculty member. She is also an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Columbia School of the Arts.
The Murphy Visiting Playwrights Series has included nationally and internationally recognized dramatists such as Tony Kushner, Naomi Wallace, and Suzan-Lori Parks.
This event is sponsored by the Hendrix-Murphy Foundation Programs in Literature and Language, which are designed to enhance and enrich the study and teaching of literature and language at Hendrix College. For more information about this and future events, please contact Julia Lee McGill at