Pulitzer 100 Moving the Spotlight

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The word obscenity comes from the Greek concept of “off-stage.” Violence, sexuality, abuse—these are the things that we consider private, things that should happen off-stage. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel brings these perceived obscenities into the public eye and under the theatre spotlight. Throughout her accomplished career, Vogel has tackled traditionally taboo subjects including homosexuality, race, incest, and abuse. In a different role, Vogel has also distinguished herself as an exceptional teacher of young playwrights. Over the years, four of her students have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes themselves. Later in the show: In Mexico, theaters are more than just a place for entertainment. Jacqueline Bixler says they are a forum for working out the traumatic events that have shaped Mexican history. Bixler was named Outstanding Faculty of 2016 by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Also: Ann Marie Stock has opened her heart to Cuban film and her home to Cuban filmmakers. She has traveled regularly to Cuba and was in Havana when the American flag was raised at the U.S. embassy for the first time in more than half a century.

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