Cho will receive a $10,000 prize, publication of her script by Samuel French, Inc., and a reading by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, to take place during the 2005 season.
BFE tells the story of "an Asian-American family attempting to escape its stifling home life. It follows the story of 14-year-old Panny, her socially awkward uncle, her homebound mom who fantasizes about General MacArthur and the serial killer that stalks their neighborhood in search of bubbly blondes." BFE will get productions in the spring of 2005, first at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT and then at Playwrights Horizons in New York City.
This year's nominated scripts were narrowed to five finalists and the winner was chosen by a panel of theatre professionals, including playwright Neal Bell, director Maria Mileaf, and scenic designer Allen Moyer. BFE was nominated by the La Jolla Playhouse.
Julia Cho's plays include 99 Histories and The Architecture of Loss.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival is currently accepting nominations for the 2005 Award. Nominations are by invitation only, and must be received by July 1, 2005. Nominated scripts must be full-length, unpublished, and not have received or be scheduled for a professional production before Dec. 31, 2005. Musicals, screenplays, and children's plays are not considered.