SAN FRANCISCO: Theatre Bay Area has named playwright Julia Cho as the winner of the 2017 Will Glickman Award. She is recognized for her play Aubergine, which received its world premiere last year at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. The prize comes with $4,000.
“I am thrilled to present this year’s Will Glickman Award to Julia Cho,” said TBA’s executive director Brad Erickson in a statement. “For more than 30 years the Glickman has been the highest honor for new plays premiered in the Bay Area, and Julia Cho’s Aubergine, produced last year at Berkeley Rep, beautifully carries forward that long tradition of outstanding playwriting.”
This is Cho’s first Glickman Award and Berkeley Rep’s sixth recognition. Aubergine is the story of a man who is called upon to take care of his dying father. Cho will be presented with the award at TBA’s 2017 annual conference on March 13.
The Will Glickman Award was established in 1984 and is presented annually to the author and producing company who presents the best new play int he region. This year’s awardee was selected by a panel made up of Bay Area critics Rob Avila, Karen D’Souza, Sam Hurwitt, Chad Jones, and Jean Schiffman. Theatre Bay Area, now in its 40th year, is the service organization for theatres and individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.