The Awards offer extended development time to premieres to extend the life of the plays beyond their first productions.
Among the finalists are Heidi Schreck, Lauren Yee, Martyna Majok, Hilary Bettis, Lily Padilla, and Jackie Sibblies Drury.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s ‘Everybody’ and Tracy Letts’s ‘The Minutes’ were this year’s finalists.
Majok is the first female recipient of the playwriting prize.
The play about an Eastern European immigrant has personal ties for the playwright.
The Polish-born playwright will receive $100,000 in artistic support, health insurance benefits and living expenses.
Now entering its 10th year, the Aurora Theatre’s prize for “forward-looking” plays also takes a moment to look back on past successes.