NEW YORK — Stephen Adly Guirgis's "Between Riverside and Crazy" has won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for drama, a play hailed by the judges for using "dark comedy to confront questions of life and death."

The Columbia University's prize board on Monday gave the playwright the prize for his play about a cantankerous ex-cop who owns a piece of real estate on New York City's Upper West Side and makes it a refuge for the hard-luck orphans who have become his surrogate family.

"I think it's so deserving and he's an extraordinary writer on many levels," said Neil Pepe, the artistic director of Atlantic Theater Company, where "Between Riverside and Crazy" made its world premiere starring Stephen McKinley Henderson.

Guirgis, who has been a member of the off-Broadway LAByrinth Theatre Company since 1994, had a critical hit on Broadway in 2011 with the searing recovery story "The Motherf—- With the Hat," starring Chris Rock.

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