On Wednesday: McCraney—who is openly gay—was announced as one of the 24 winners of the 2013 MacArthur Fellows. These so-called “genius” grants from the Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation come with a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000 paid over five years. In March: McCraney became one of the first winners of Yale University's new Windham Campbell Prize earlier. That award has a $150,000 cash tag and has been described as "one of the largest literary prizes in the world."
In June: His critically-acclaimed new work Choir Boy made its American premiere in New York. The play explores the competing roles of religion, Black cultural identity and sexual repression at a fictional African-American prep school. Choir Boy debuted in London in September 2012.
Choir Boy also made its Atlanta premiere on Wedneday—the same day that the MacArthur Fellows were announced. Creative Loafing Atlanta interviewed the wunderkind dramatist ... who also participated in a Google+ Hangout that evening to discuss the production. Watch the Google Hangout and the MacArthur Fellow video WHEN YOU JUMP ...
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Here is Wednesaday's pre-show Google Hangout ...
And here is the introductory video to McCraney from the MacArthur Foundation.