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Wis. native Ayad Akhtar wins Pulitzer for drama

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NEW YORK (AP) — Wisconsin native Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced," a play about a successful Pakistani-American lawyer whose dinner party goes out of control, has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The Columbia University's prize board on Monday said it beat out "Rapture, Blister, Burn," by Gina Gionfriddo and "4000 Miles" by Amy Herzog.

Akhtar, the child of Pakistani immigrants, grew up in Brookfield, a Milwaukee suburb.

"Disgraced" had its world premiere at Chicago's American Theater Company in 2012 and then ran at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater last autumn.

Last year's winner was Quiara Alegria Hudes's play "Water by the Spoonful," about an Iraq war veteran struggling to find his place in the world.

Previous playwrights honored include August Wilson, Edward Albee, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams.

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