Mary Coyle Chase

A lifelong Denver resident, Mary Coyle graduated from West High School at 15 and enrolled at the University of Colorado. As a 17-year-old reporter for the Rocky Mountain News, Mary covered everything from three-alarm fires to Denver Athletic Club prizefights. Meanwhile, her outrageous pranks, quick wit, and active imagination made her famous and prepared her for life as a playwright. Colorado’s first Pulitzer Prize-winner in this category, Mary Coyle Chase was also a true Irish lass reared on legends of banshees and leprechauns. Accordingly, her 15 plays each have at least one imaginary character. Mary’s most renowned play and her 1945 Pulitzer winner, Harvey, tells the tale of a six-foot rabbit pookah seen only by Elwood P. Dowd. She said she wrote Harvey to help war-sick families laugh.