Between Riverside and Crazy
- Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2015
City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the Landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed, and the Church won’t leave him alone. As ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington struggles to hold on to one of the last great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive, he must also contend with with old wounds, new houseguests, and a final ultimatum. It seems the old days are dead and gone — after a lifetime living between Riverside and Crazy.
“Guirgis, like other storytellers who explore the sacred and the profane, is most interested in how grace transforms us. His empathetic, poetic tales of ex-cons, addicts, and other men whom society would label losers return us, again and again, to a world that Guirgis, by virtue of his particular religion—the church of the streets—illuminates with the bright and crooked light of his faith. ” – Hilton Als, New Yorker
"Completely compelling . . . Galvanizing but not importunate. You could cry (I did), but you are always free simply to laugh instead. " — Jesse Green, New York
"A nuanced, beautifully written play about a retired police officer faced with eviction that uses dark comedy to confront questions of life and death. " - Pulitzer Prize Citation