Currently Browsing: Pulitzer Prize

Annie Baker’s Language of Silence in Film Debut ‘Janet Planet’

Film still from JANET PLANET (2023), directed by Annie Baker and starring Julianne Nicholson and Zoe Ziegler.

Annie Baker is a writer of silences. 

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, recently turned screenwriter and director, has become associated with choreographed moments of quiet. She instructs on how to map her ‘pauses’ and ‘silences’ down to the second. She delineates the difference between a happy pause in which [characters] realize they’ve broken the tension, and then an awkward pause following that happy pause,” using silence the way other writers do dialogue.read more.

CONTINUE READING

How Annie Baker’s Stage Success Shaped ‘Janet Planet’

Annie Baker attends the 58th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards in New York City.

Janet Planet is a quietly gorgeous coming-of-age film, written and directed by Annie Baker. Janet Planet is Annie’s feature film debut, but she has formerly been known as a brilliant playwright (with a Pulitzer Prize win under her belt, no less). To celebrate the release of Janet Planet, we are taking a look back at Annie’s playwriting career, which served as a foundation for such a wonderful first film. read more.

CONTINUE READING

Searching for Answers in Ava DuVernay’s Film ‘Origin’

Henrene Taylor was born in Mississippi to a Black woman and a white man in 1942, during the Jim Crow era. Due to the times, she and her siblings would call him dad in private. But, in public, they’d have to call him by his last name to not arouse suspicion that these children were his. Henrene was very fair-skinned with brown curly hair.… read more.

CONTINUE READING

Sarah Ruhl: Writing Between Fantastic and Realistic

Happy birthday, Sarah Ruhl. Today, FF2 is proud to celebrate this prolific, MacArthur “genius” whose stunning works transcend the bounds of theatrical performance.

Sarah was born in Wilmette, Illinois on January 24, 1974. She was raised in an artistic home; her mother worked as a teacher, actress, and director in the theater.read more.

CONTINUE READING