Playwright of the Day: Paula Vogel
Ms. Vogel is perhaps best known for her iconic 1998 Pullitzer Prize winning show "How I Learned to Drive" which exemplifies her ability to approach taboo with theatricality and beauty. The show waltzes around the topics of incest and pedophilia with such vigor, you can hardly help but viscerally experience the narrative despite it's potentially alienating subject matter.
Her weirdo-mind-numbing take on sensitive topics has spread to more recent plays including "The Mammary Plays", "Hot'N'Throbbing" and "The Long Christmas Ride Home. A Civil War Christmas."
Vogel is currently a professor at Yale. She has been known for mentoring other iconic female playwrights including the ever-whistful Sarah Ruhl. She has also had two new-playwrights awards created in her honor: The Paula Vogel Award, created by the American College Theatre Festival in 2003, and the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting is given annually by the Vineyard Theatre.
Thank you Paula Vogel for instigating new, taboo, freaky and fantastical plays and young playwrights across the world.