Meet the Logo30: Michael R. Jackson

The Pulitzer-winning playwright on his "big, Black, American, and queer-ass" show.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2020 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

Poet and fellow Logo30 honoree Jericho Brown wasn’t the only queer Black man to take home a Pulitzer this year. Playwright Michael R. Jackson scored the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in Drama for A Strange Loop, his “metafictional musical.”

A Strange Loop follows Usher, a “black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical.” It debuted at New York City’s Mainstage Theater in June 2019 to rave reviews from critics.

“Never in my wildest dreams,” the out playwright and actor tweeted shortly after his Pulitzer win. “NEVER. IN MY. WILDEST. DREAMS. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey to such an incredible honor. I’m sure I’ll have more to say once I’ve caught my breath and looked at all these text messages and emails but for now, THANK YOU.”

Speaking to Logo and NewNowNext, Jackson said he has expressed his Pride through sharing his “big, Black, American, and queer-ass Broadway show off-Broadway at Playwright’s Horizons in association with Page 73.”

Asked about what he’d like to see for the future of Pride, Jackson said, “I would say that we should take [on] the spirit of anti-capitalism and the commodification of Pride.”

Amen to that! Watch interviews with the 2020 Logo30 honorees, including Jackson, below.
 

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