Sharon Bridgforth, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Andrew Rosendorf, Riti Sachdeva, Charly Evon Simpson, Crystal Skillman, and Jonathan Spector join the program.
Theatre folks mourn closed shows and unseen work, and worry over the impact on emerging artists.
The award from the Vineyard Theatre is named for Pultizer-winning playwright Paula Vogel.
The selected playwrights have been commissioned to write plays about science.
Erin Buckley, Franky D. Gonzalez, Stacey Rose, Charly Evon Simpson, and Juliany Taveras will present new plays.