Summer 2018 Drama retreat

The Great Books of Tampa Bay’s Summer 2018 Drama Retreat will be held on Friday, June 15, from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

This summer, the Drama Retreat will discuss two Pulitzer Prize winning plays by Lynn Nottage.

The list of winners of multiple Pulitzer Prizes for Drama reads like a “Who’s Who” of the American theatre — Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Thornton Wilder — and the only female playwright so honored: Lynn Nottage.

On Friday, June 15th, participants in the Tampa Bay Great Books Drama Conference will feast on Nottage’s two Pulitzer Prize-winning creations: Ruined (2009) and Sweat (2017).

Ruined: Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama, offers a graphic portrait of women as perennial victims of war. Vividly depicting a war zone in which women’s bodies are treated as battlegrounds, it has a glimmer of hope. Without minimizing the pain, it becomes a tribute to women’s endurance. Unusually for an American playwright, Nottage deals with global rather than purely domestic issues and raises our awareness of the use of rape as a military tactic. It’s not merely a good play. It jolts our conscience about a forgotten conflict. One emerges both shaken and stirred. – The Guardian

Sweat: No stranger to dramas both heartfelt and heart-rending, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage has written one of her most exquisitely devastating tragedies to date. In one of the poorest cities in America, Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of down-and-out factory workers struggles to keep their present lives in balance, ignorant of the financial devastation looming in their near futures. Set in 2008, the powerful crux of this new play is knowing the fate of the characters long before it’s even in their sights. Based on Nottage’s extensive research and interviews with real residents of Reading, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline. – Good Reads

In his review of Sweat, New York Times critic Ben Brantley called it “the first work from a major American playwright to summon, with empathy and without judgment, the nationwide anxiety that helped put Donald J. Trump in the White House,” Brantley went on to describe Ms. Nottage as “a justly acclaimed dramatist of ambitious scope and fierce focus.”  The work is based on Ms. Nottage’s extensive research into economic conditions in Reading, Pennsylvania, in the late 1980’s.

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Retreat details:

Date: Friday, June 15, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Compton Park Community Center, 16101 Compton Drive, Tampa
Cost: $30, includes copies of both plays
Food: Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks and Water provided free. Bring a dish for the Pot Luck lunch.  Contact Barbara Brown:

Lynn Nottage accepts the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Sweat from Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger.