There are benefits to winning the Pulitzer Prize. One is that you don’t have much trouble getting people to do your next play.
Or your next three plays, apparently.
In addition to DOMESTICATED at Lincoln Center in the fall and THE QUALMS at Steppenwolf in summer 2014, Norris has a new play at the Royal Court in London that opens in two weeks.
THE LOW ROAD is about money and sounds different from any previous Norris play in style and reach. It has 20 scenes, 60 characters, and moves from the US to Europe, for starters.
What is Norris after, as a playwright?
“I would say it’s not about a mission to unmask the privileged bourgeois hypocrites,” he says of his oeuvre, “and it’s not a campaign to bring down the American way of life. I guess, if I were to be really pretentious about it, it’s a campaign to bring down the species. I think as a species we have some big problems that are insurmountable. I think we are kind of doomed, and our responsibility is to just be perpetually vigilant to our worst tendencies.”