Jackie Sibblies Drury

Jackie Sibblies Drury is an American author and playwright. A native of Plainfield, New Jersey, she is a graduate of Yale and Brown University MFA playwriting program, receiving the David Wickham Prize in Playwriting.

Drury is known for plays including Social Creatures which was commissioned by and premiered at Trinity Repertory Theater Company, in Providence, Rhode Island in 2013; the play depicts a zombie apocalypse. Her play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915, was called by The New York Times “her breakout work”.


Winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“Dazzling and ruthless…One of the most exquisitely and systematically arranged ambushes of an unsuspecting audience in years…A glorious, scary reminder of the unmatched power of live theater to rattle, roil and shake us wide awake.” —Ben Brantley, New York Times

Grandma’s birthday approaches. Beverly is organizing the perfect dinner, but everything seems doomed from the start: the silverware is all wrong, the carrots need chopping and the radio is on the fritz. What at first appears to be a family comedy takes a sharp, sly turn into a startling examination of deep-seated paradigms about race in America.

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