Cain's Shakespeare-centered play Equivocation took the Steinberg Awards' $25,000 top honor in 2010. Cain's win for Nine Circles marks the first consecutive win for a playwright in the award's history.
Runners up were Kathryn Grant's The Good Counselor and David Bar Katz’s The History of Invulnerability, which were recognized with Steinberg/ATCA citations and $7,500 each.
A committee of 13 theatre critics selected the six finalists, which were narrowed down from a group of 27 eligible scripts. Nominated plays also included Compulsion by Rinne Groff; Detroit by Lisa D'Amour; and Splinters by Emily Schwend.
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award recognizes playwrights whose work has been presented professionally, but not has bowed in New York during the previous year.
Among the playwrights to be previously recognized are Lanford Wilson, Marsha Norman, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Mac Wellman, Adrienne Kennedy, Donald Margulies, Lynn Nottage, Moises Kaufman and Craig Lucas.
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