The playwright of ‘English’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’ writes disarming comedies about Iranian women, all the better to sneak in frank insights about language and loss.
The conference will present Toossi with the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award in recognition of her play ‘Wish You Were Here.’
The awards will allow 28 productions more time for rehearsal and development with the entire creative team.
This year the annual award will be given to 20 playwrights in an effort to meet the immediate needs of writers.
The award, presented by Williamstown Theatre Festival, includes a cash prize and a commission to write a new play.
The season will feature a world premiere from Sanaz Toossi and two New York premieres from Lindsey Ferrentino and Anna Ziegler.
Zakiyyah Alexander, Jaclyn Backhaus, E.M. Lewis, Mary Katheryn Nagle, Sara Nović, and Sanaz Toossi will create works for the project.
The commission, now in its second year, was created to help new playwrights develop their work.