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For the second year in a row, a play originating in Chicago has landed the Pulitzer Prize. Lynn Nottage's Ruined, which had its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre last fall (and was first mounted there a year earlier as part of the Goodman's New Stages series), was announced Monday as the 78th winner of the prize. The 2008 Pulitzer went to Tracy Letts for his August: Osage County, produced by Steppenwolf.
Nottage's play was developed out of interviews she conducted with Congolese women. Its portrayal of life in a jungle brothel during an interminable civil war struck Reader critic Tony Adler as "harrowing and beautiful." Commissioned by the Goodman, directed by Kate Whoriskey, and co-produced with the Manhattan Theatre Club, it moved to New York City Center in January, where it plays at least through May 10.