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Pulitzer Prize-winning Vogel Speaks April 1

Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Paula Vogel will speak in Taylor Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 1.

Vogel is sponsored by the Department of Theatre and there is no charge to attend her address, which will be moderated by Dr. Christine Woodworth and will include a question-and-answer segment with the audience. She will also do a workshop with UNCG playwrighting students.

Her play, “How I Learned to Drive,” received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, as well as winning her second OBIE. It has been produced worldwide.

Vogel is the Eugene O’Neill Professor of Playwriting and chair of the Playwriting Department at the Yale School of Drama. She also is currently playwright-in-residence at the Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as an artistic associate at Long Wharf Theatre.

Other Vogel plays include “The Long Christmas Ride Home,” “The Mineola Twins,” “The Baltimore Waltz,” “Hot ‘N’ Throbbing,” “Desdemona,” “A Civil War Christmas,” “And Baby Makes Seven” and “The Oldest Profession.” In 2004-05 she was the playwright-in-residence at The Signature Theatre in New York which produced three of her works. Her play “A Civil War Christmas,” was produced at The Long Wharf Theatre in November 2008, and was also was produced at Theatre Works in Palo Alto, Calif., and by the Huntington Theatre in Boston.

Most recent awards include the 2010 William Inge Festival Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award; past recipients include Arthur Miller, Horton Foote, Edward Albee and August Wilson. Last year, she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center, and was awarded the Stephen and Christine Schwarzman Legacy Award for Excellence in Theatre for lifetime achievement and excellence in teaching.

Two awards for emerging playwrights are named after her: the Paula Vogel Award, created by the American College Theatre Festival in 2003, and the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting, given annually by the Vineyard Theatre since 2007.