Good news! The Pulitzer Board this year decided that: a) an award in drama would be appropriate, and b) that one of their selected jury's recommendations was worth taking! (If you recall, the latter was not the case last year...)
The winner is Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris. Runners up were Lisa D'Amour's Detroit and John Guare's A Free Man of Color.
Having not seen or read Clybourne Park, I can't comment on how deserving it is of the award. What I can say objectively, as an analyst, is that this is another big win for Chicago theatre (after August: Osage County's recent win, as well as last year's Ruined, which premiered at the Goodman) and an award that will put playwright Bruce Norris on the map in a bigger way, perhaps beyond what have been his two home bases, Steppenwolf and Playwrights Horizons.
I'll also back off from saying more given I know too members of the jury very well: LA Weekly critic (and sometime Playgoer guest-blogger) Steven Leigh Morris and CUNY Professor David Savran.
And given that Dr. Savran happens to be sitting on my dissertation committee I think it would be not only unethical but downright stupid not to recuse myself, don't you?
Full jury was:
Peter Marks, drama critic, The Washington Post (Chair)Chris Jones, drama critic, Chicago TribuneDavid Savran, distinguished professor of theater, CUNY Graduate CenterLynn Nottage, playwright, New York CitySteven Leigh Morris, critic-at-large, LA Weekly