Also cited were Noah Haidle’s ‘Birthday Candles’ and Jen Silverman’s ‘Witch,’ with the Osborn Award going to Spenser Davis’s ‘Plainclothes.’
The two artists will be produced multiple times over a single season at the Off-Broadway theatre; Samuel D. Hunter, Lauren Yee, and collective the Mad Ones will join the Residency 5 program.
Each playwright will receive an award of $50,000.
Among the finalists are Heidi Schreck, Lauren Yee, Martyna Majok, Hilary Bettis, Lily Padilla, and Jackie Sibblies Drury.
The playwrights will each receive $25,000 prizes for their plays ‘Cambodian Rock Band’ and ‘India Pale Ale.’
A conversation with the playwright about music, memory, and family.
Plays by Ayad Akhtar, Kristen Childs, Lisa Loomer, Dominique Morisseau, and Lauren Yee are up for the award.
The festival will include works by Sigrid Gilmer, David Jacobi, Kemp Powers, Barbara Seyda, José Cruz González, Matthew Lopez, and Lauren Yee.
The prize honors emerging writers with support toward development of their work.
Their fourth annual list features 37 underproduced plays by female and trans writers, and more by writers of color than in previous years.