Winner, 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner, 2015 New York Critics Circle Award for Best Play
"Completely compelling . . . Galvanizing but not importunate. You could cry (I did), but you are always free simply to laugh instead." — Jesse Green, New York
“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
"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
Written with humor, tenderness, grit and wonderment by acclaimed playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, Between Riverside and Crazy is an extraordinary new play: a dark comedy about a man trying to maintain control as the world unravels around him.
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.
Stephen Adly Guirgis's other plays include Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Little Flower of East Orange, Den of Thieves, Race Religion Politics, and Dominica: The Fat Ugly Ho. He is a former co-artistic director of LABryinth Theater Company. Awards include the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, a PEN/Laura Pels Award, a Whiting Award and a 2014 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.