The Playworld and the Empire: The Twenty-first Century and the American Playwright
October 25, 2005. Spencer Trask Lecture
Paula Vogel’s play, How I Learned to Drive, received the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play, and won her a second OBIE. It has been produced all over the world, and her screenplay has been in development for HBO. Her other plays include The Long Christmas Ride Home, The Mineola Twins, The Baltimore Waltz, Hot’N’Throbbing, Desdemona, And Baby Makes Seven, and The Oldest Profession. Ms. Vogel won the OBIE for Best Play in 1992, the Rhode Island Pell Award in the Arts, the Hull-Warriner Award, the Laura Pels Award, the Pew Charitable Trust Senior Award, a Guggenheim, an AT&T New Plays Award, the Fund for New American Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the McKnight Fellowship, the Bunting Fellowship, and the Governor’s Award for the Arts. She is a professor of creative writing at Brown University.