The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize will current a digital presentation to announce the 2021 winner of one of the crucial prestigious playwriting awards, and the oldest and largest prize awarded to ladies+ playwrights, as we speak, April 7, 2021 at 3pm EST/ 8pm BST. Tune in proper right here at BroadwayWorld to observe the presentation, hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize winner (1983) Marsha Norman.
The digital presentation will characteristic the Ten Finalists, chosen from a world group of over 160 nominated performs, as they current their performs. They’re: Glace Chase (Aus/US) Triple X; Erika Dickerson-Despenza (US) cullud wattah; Miranda Rose Corridor (US) A Play for the Residing within the Time of Extinction; Dawn King (UK) The Trials; Kimber Lee (US) The Water Palace; Janice Okoh (UK) The Present; Ife Olujobi (US) Jordans; Frances Poet (UK) Maggie May; Jiehae Park (US) The Aves; Beth Steel (UK) The Home of Shades.
The Winner, to be introduced throughout the digital presentation, might be awarded a money prize of $25,000 USD, and can obtain a signed print by famend artist Willem De Kooning, created particularly for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Every of the extra Finalists will obtain an award of $5,000. On the discretion of the Judges, a play will also be honored with a Particular Commendation of $10,000.
The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is awarded yearly to have a good time ladies+ who’ve written works of excellent high quality for the English-speaking theatre. Girls+ contains ladies, transgender and non-binary playwrights. Every year, inventive administrators and distinguished professionals within the theatre are invited to submit performs. Every script receives a number of readings by members of a world studying committee that selects the finalists. A global panel of six judges then selects the profitable play.
Judges for the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize are: Theatre, opera and movie director Natalie Abrahami (UK); award-winning star of stage and display screen, Paapa Essiedu (UK); winner of a number of Olivier Awards for manufacturing design, Bunny Christie (UK); Lincoln Heart Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz (US); Broadway and tv star Jason Butler Harner (US); and Theatre and Arts chief and director, Seema Sueko (US).
Lucy Prebble gained the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize with A Very Costly Poison, which additionally gained the Critics Circle Award for Greatest New Play. The 2019 Winner of the Prize, Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury, subsequently gained the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and a 2019 Steinberg Playwright Award and loved sold-out runs in New York and London.
For the reason that Prize’s founding in 1978, over 470 performs have been honored as Finalists. Many have gone on to obtain different high honors, together with Olivier, Lilly, Night Normal and Tony Awards for Greatest Play. Ten Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist performs have subsequently gained the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. The Prize has additionally fostered an interchange of performs between the USA, the UK, Eire, Australia, New Zealand and different English-speaking international locations.
Previous winners of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize embrace Lynn Nottage‘s Sweat, Annie Baker‘s The Flick, Caryl Churchill‘s Fen, Marsha Norman‘s ‘night time,Mom, Paula Vogel‘s How I Realized to Drive, Nell Dunn‘s Steaming, Wendy Wasserstein‘s The Heidi Chronicles, Jackie Sibblies Drury‘s Fairview, Chloe Moss‘s This Huge Night time, Sarah Ruhl‘s The Clear Home, Judith Thompson‘s Palace of the Finish, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti‘s Behzti (Dishonour), Julia Cho‘s The Language Archive, Jennifer Haley‘s The Nether, Charlotte Jones‘ Humble Boy, Naomi Wallace‘s One Flea Spare, and Moira Buffini‘s Silence.
Former Judges of The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize over the previous forty-three years are a “Who’s Who” of the English-speaking theatre and embrace Edward Albee, Eileen Atkins, Zoe Caldwell, Glenn Close, Harold Clurman, Marianne Elliott, Peter Eyre, Ralph Fiennes, Greta Gerwig, John Guare, Mel Gussow, David Hare, Jeremy Herrin, Judith Ivey, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Tony Kushner, Phyllida Lloyd, Marsha Norman, Francis McDormand, Janet McTeer, Tanya Moodie, Cynthia Nixon, Robert O’Hara, Joan Plowright, Ben Power, Diana Rigg, Indhu Rubasingham, Fiona Shaw, Tom Stoppard, Meryl Streep, Daniel Sullivan, Jessica Tandy, Liesl Tommy, Sigourney Weaver, August Wilson, Ruth Wilson, and George C. Wolfe amongst greater than 200 artists and theatre professionals from the USA, the UK and Eire.