Lynn Nottage is a double Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her plays include Sweat (winner of the Pulitzer Price); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark; Ruined (winner of the Pulitzer Prize); Intimate Apparel; Fabulation; Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Las Meninas; Mud, River, Stone; Por'knockers and POOF! Nottage was the recipient of the 2010 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the inaugural Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play (for Ruined), the Lee Reynolds Award and the Jewish World Watch iWitness Award. Her other honours include the Madge Evans and Sidney Kingsley Award, the National Black Theatre Festival's August Wilson Playwriting Award, the 2005 Guggenheim Grant for Playwriting, the 2004 PEN/Laura Pels Award, and fellowships from the Lucille Lortel Foundation, the Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a co-founder and producer at Market Road Films LLC, a film production company.
'Lynn Nottage's devastating account of American industrial decline is a masterpiece... empathy radiates from every word; Nottage's own sweat has paid off in what is emphatically one of the great American plays' Time Out; 'Profound, terrifying, earthy and witty... exquisitely empathetic... outstanding' Evening Standard; 'Magnificent... does what drama at its very best can do - it tells the story of our times through one tight-knit and vividly drawn group of people... it's funny, angry and immensely sad, making a profound plea for those who have been chewed up and spat out by geopolitical forces beyond their control... a humane, heartbreaking and necessary play' Financial Times; 'A play of passion, eloquent about the way life can grind a person down... at times staggeringly sad, this is an American story, but also a global one... a nuanced and moving study of a town in decline' The Stage; 'Nottage is simply brilliant at capturing the authentic voices of workers caught up in a drama they never wanted or expected' The Times; 'Breathtaking... tackles the devastating impact of loss of work and of de-industrialisation on modern America... captures brilliantly the way work, however hard or demanding, gives people an identity and purpose... I can't think of any recent play that tells us so much, and so vividly, about the state of the union' Guardian; 'Written by a dramatist of ambitious scope and fierce focus, Sweat is a bracingly topical portrait of American dreams deferred. It warrants serious applause' New York Times; 'A moral, passionate, and richly articulated cri de coeur' Chicago Tribune; 'A powerful critique of the American attitude toward class, and how it affects the decisions we make. Sweat has fraternity at its heart, but also the violence, and the suspicion that can result from class aspirations' New Yorker; 'Sweat never feels less than authentic - and crucial... Nottage gives us fully realized characters who, even when acting on their worst fears, are grippingly human' Deadline 'A timely drama... goes where few playwrights have dared to go - into the heart of working-class America' Variety 'A passionate and necessary drama, a masterful depiction of the forces that divide and conquer us... Along with the rage, despair, and violence, there's humor and abundant humanity' Time Out New York