The Pulitzer Won’t Change Playwright Michael R. Jackson

The cutting satire of his musical A Strange Loop took aim at Tyler Perry and religious homophobia. Now he’s the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for drama.


Episode Notes

This week, host Isaac Butler traces the creative origins of Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer-winning musical A Strange Loop. In the interview, Michael talks about his early songwriting efforts and the gradual process of turning a monologue about his experiences as a young, Black gay man into a one-man show and then turning that one-man show into a “proper musical.”

After the interview, Isaac and co-host June Thomas discuss Michael’s distinction between an autobiographical work and a self-referential work.

In Slate Plus, Michael talks about two celebrity encounters, one with Liz Phair, whose music inspired a lot of his work, and one with Tyler Perry, whose work was satirized ruthlessly in A Strange Loop.

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