Donald Margulies is the winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends, another fourhander relationship play (like Time Stands Still) about a couple whose own marriage is brought into question when a couple they introduced announce they’re getting a divorce. Margulies adapted Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama God of Vengeance, a morality tale about a brothel owner who tries (and fails) to keep his business and family separate. The play scandalized Broadway in 1923 with its depictions of a lesbian relationship, humanization of sex workers, and hypocrisy from a Jewish patriarch. Margulies’ plays often explore the personal impact of ethical conundrums, particularly creative ones. Collected Stories is about a writer whose protege writes a novel about her secret affair with a well known poet. Brooklyn Boys, his follow up to Dinner with Friends, spins the story of an autobiographical novelist whose success presents more challenges than triumphs for his family and friends.
Marguiles’ work spans seven volumes from the Theater Communications Group and he’s received grants from National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He’s won numerous awards in addition to the Pulitzer including a Lucille Lortel Award, an Outer Critics’ Circle Award, two American Dramatists’ Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, one Tony Award nomination, five Drama Desk Award nominations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations, an Award in Literature given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture’s Literary Arts Award, and the Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright in 2000.
Marguiles was born in 1954 and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He is a professor of English and Theater Studies at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut with his wife, a physician, and their son.