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No Place to be Somebody - Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1970

Large Mixed Cast

Charles Gordone Price: $12.95

Winner Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1970

Written over the course of seven years, the play explores racial tensions in a Civil Rights-era story about a black bartender who tries to outsmart a white mobster syndicate

Charles Gordone’s Pulitzer Prize signified two firsts ...

He was the first African American playwright to receive a Pulitzer

And No Place to be Somebody was the first Off-Broadway play to receive the Pulitzer



“Charles Gordone's No Place to be Somebody … seemed to grow in theatrically, raw energy, power and stature ... The denizens of Johnny's bar - like those of Harry Hope's saloon in The Iceman Cometh - are waiting for a fulfillment of their dreams, which are illusions, and in some cases delusions … Its humor is full of bile. On one level this was an extraordinarily funny play and it now seems even funnier in the most malicious way … No Place to be Somebody is a drama of great force and commitment ... Gordone has a marvelous talent for dialogue, for bitter epithets and insults; for confrontations (each one a striking set piece); for small details that reveal character … and for creating whole and vivid characters” ~ Mel Gussow, The New York Times

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