Second to Nun: Doubt Wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Doubt is Shanley's first play to reach Broadway; his other works for the theater include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Women of Manhattan, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, Italian American Reconciliation, Four Dogs and a Bone, and Sailor's Song (which premiered at the Public Theater this season). In addition, Shanley won an Academy Award for his Moonstruck screenplay.
"I was a little concerned when we did the transfer that Doubt wouldn't go as well in a Broadway size house," Shanley told TheaterMania in a phone interview today, "but, in fact, it seems to fit the new theater better than the original." Commenting on the comedic aspects of the initial scenes of the play, he said, "Whenever I write a play, I always start from where the audience is and bring them where I want them to go. In this case, the audience starts with the idea that nuns are funny; so you might as well let them laugh, then calm them down and walk them into the serious issues of the play."
Of his Pultizer win, Shanley remarked, "I feel great. The Pulitizer Prize is a celebration of American playwriting, and that's a party I'm happy to attend. Playwrights work hard and have pretty tough lives. When one of us is honored, it's important to enjoy it, so that's what I intend to do!"