Pulitzer Prizes 2015: Between Riverside and Crazy Wins Drama Award

The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced on Monday, with Stephen Adly Guirgis winning the drama prize for his play “Between Riverside and Crazy.”

The Pulitzer jury called it “a nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death.” The play, inspired by a 1994 incident, is the story of an off-duty cop who shoots a black transit officer. Its premiere last year at the Atlantic Theater came just as the outcry was escalating over the police killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in Staten Island.

Author Anthony Doerr won the fiction award for his acclaimed novel “All the Light We Cannot See,” which the jury called “an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short, elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology.” David I. Kertzer won the biography award for “The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe,” which the Pulitzer jury said “uses recently opened Vatican archives to shed light on two men who exercised nearly absolute power over their realms.”

Julia Wolfe won the music award for “Anthracite Fields.” It premiered on April 26, 2014, in Philadelphia by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus, and the Pulitzer jury called it “a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th century.”

In journalism, The New York Times won a total of three prizes including investigative reporting, international reporting and photography.

TV critic Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times won the prize for criticism. The jury noted that her criticism “uses shrewdness, humor and an insider’s view to show how both subtle and seismic shifts in the cultural landscape affect television.”

Full list of winners:

Letters, Drama, and Music

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)

Between Riverside and Crazy by Stephen Adly Guirgis

Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn (Hill and Wang)

Biography or Autobiography
The Pope and Mussolini: The Secret History of Pius XI and the Rise of Fascism in Europe by David I. Kertzer (Random House)

Digest by Gregory Pardlo (Four Way Books)

General Nonfiction
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt)

Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe (Red Poppy Music/G. Schirmer, Inc.)


Public Service
The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

Breaking News Reporting
The Seattle Times Staff

Investigative Reporting
Eric Lipton of The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal Staff

Explanatory Reporting
Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News
Local Reporting
Rob Kuznia, Rebecca Kimitch and Frank Suraci of the Daily Breeze, Torrance, CA

National Reporting
Carol D. Leonnig of The Washington Post
International Reporting
The New York Times Staff

Feature Writing
Diana Marcum of the Los Angeles Times

Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle

Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times

Editorial Writing
Kathleen Kingsbury of The Boston Globe

Editorial Cartooning
Adam Zyglis of The Buffalo News

Breaking News Photography
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photography Staff

Feature Photography
Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer, The New York Times