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Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King Wins the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Circle Jerk and Stew were named as finalists.

Nicco Annan, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Korey Jackson, Sheldon Best, and Cecil Blutcher star in Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, at Signature Theatre.
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Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King has won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

About The Hot Wing King the Pulitzer committee wrote: "A funny, deeply felt consideration of Black masculinity and how it is perceived, filtered through the experiences of a loving gay couple and their extended family as they prepare for a culinary competition."

The play, which premiered at Signature Theatre in 2020 prior to the shutdown, is described as follows: "Ready, set, fry! It's time for the annual "Hot Wang Festival" in Memphis, Tennessee, and Cordell Crutchfield knows he has the wings that'll make him king. Supported by his beau Dwayne and their culinary clique, The New Wing Order, Cordell is marinating and firing up his frying pan in a bid to reclaim the crispy crown. When Dwayne takes in his troubled nephew however, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Suddenly, a first place trophy isn't the only thing Cordell risks losing."

Joining The Hot Wing King in the Pulitzer Prize for Drama lineup are finalists Circle Jerk by Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley and Stew by Zora Howard.


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