NEW YORK CITY: PEN America and the Laura Pels International Foundation have named the winners of the 2017 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Awards. PEN America’s literary awards recognize writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, translation, and more.
This year, the drama recipients are Suzan-Lori Parks, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Thomas Bradshaw. The judges included Oskar Eustis, Michael C. Hall, and Young Jean Lee.
Suzan-Lori Parks (Father Comes Home from the Wars, Parts 1, 2 and 3, Topdog/Underdog, In the Blood) has won the Master American Dramatist award and will receive a commissioned art object in recognition of her body of work.
Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, The Brother/Sister Plays, Choir Boy) has been awarded the American Playwright in Mid-Career award, and will receive a cash prize of $7,500.
Thomas Bradshaw (Fulfillment, Intimacy, The Bereaved) is the recipient of the Emerging American Playwright award, which comes with a cash prize of $2,500.
“Thomas’s plays are electrifying,” said the judges in a statement. “They elicit laughter, shock, outrage, and self-examination. The judges recognize Thomas’s bold and distinctive voice.”