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Eboni Booth’s Primary Trust Wins 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

The other finalists were Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s Public Obscenities and Here There Are Blueberries by Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich.

Jay O. Sanders, William Jackson Harper, and Eric Berryman starred in the world premiere of Eboni Booth’s Primary Trust, directed by Knud Adams, for Roundabout Theatre Company at the Laura Pels Theatre.
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Eboni Booth has won the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her intimate drama Primary Trust, which made its world premiere last summer with Roundabout Theatre Company.

The story of a lonely man living in upstate New York who faces changing circumstances that force him to sink or swim, Primary Trust was a highlight of the off-Broadway season and featured a cast led by William Jackson Harper, who is currently nominated for his first Tony Award for his performance in Uncle Vanya. The production was directed by Knud Adams, who also helmed last year’s Pulitzer winner, English by Sanaz Toosi.

TheaterMania’s critic called Primary Trust, “the most moving new play I’ve seen this year,” adding, “Booth joins Samuel D. Hunter as a playwright who has carved out a space onstage for forgotten people in forgotten places, voices that have a lot to say if we would only listen.” You can read TheaterMania’s full review of Primary Trust here.

The other finalists were Shayok Misha Chowdhury for Public Obscenities, and Moisés Kaufman and Amanda Gronich for Here There Are Blueberries, which is currently in previews at New York Theatre Workshop. You can read an interview with Kaufman and Gronich about the play here.

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been regularly awarded since 1918 to recognize outstanding American playwriting. Recent winners include James Ijames for Fat Ham and Michael R. Jackson for A Strange Loop.

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