29 January, 2008

Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalists


"Finalists have been announced for The 2008 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the prestigious playwriting award that recognizes women playwrights writing for the English-speaking theatre. The annual award's 30th anniversary is this year.

The ten finalists, chosen from 92 submitted plays, include Linda Brogan (Black Crows - U.K.), Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly - U.S.), Bryony Lavery (Stockholm - U.K.), Lisa McGee (Girls and Dolls - Northern Ireland), Linda McLean (Strangers, Babies - Scotland), Julie Marie Myatt (Boats on a River - U.S.), Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear - U.S.), Polly Stenham (That Face - U.K.), Victoria Stewart (Hardball - U.S.) and Judith Thompson (Palace of the End - Canada).

The 30th annual Susan Smith Blackburn Prize awards will be celebrated with a special ceremony in March in Houston, TX, at the Alley Theatre, where Blackburn first became involved in theatre.

The to-be-named winner will be awarded $20,000, and will also receive a signed and numbered print by renowned artist Willem de Kooning, created especially for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Special Commendations of $5,000 may be given at the discretion of the judges, and each of the additional finalists receives $1,000."

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