Putting the Taboo On Stage

Culture & Identity  •  Pulitzer 100

As part of our year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, VFH’s With Good Reason speaks with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel.

The word obscenity comes from the Greek notion of “off-stage.” Violence, sexuality, abuse—these are the things that we consider private, things that should happen off-stage. Vogel brings these perceived obscenities into the public eye and under the theatre spotlight.

Throughout her accomplished career, Vogel has tackled traditionally taboo subjects including homosexuality, race, incest, and abuse. In a different role, she has also distinguished herself as an exceptional teacher of young playwrights. Over the years, three of her students have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes themselves.