Lightning strikes twice for Carole Shorenstein Hays. She led the producer teams to move “Topdog/Underdog” and “Doubt” to Broadway. And just like the 2002 win by Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright John Patrick Shanley took the Pulitzer a few days after his play’s Broadway preem. Shanley compared that win to his big award for 1987’s “Moonstruck.” “I (got) the Oscar from Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck, and I heard about the Pulitzer Prize over the telephone,” he says. But all said and done, “it’s a party I’m glad to attend.”
Shorenstein Hays made waves earlier in the season when she ponied up the last-minute $1 million that brought August Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean” to Broadway, albeit a few days later than originally announced. The production turned out to enjoy the shortest original run of any Wilson work. “Every play has its life,” said the producer.