Leah Nanako Winkler’s God Said This is this year's winner of the Yale Drama Series Prize, given annually to a play by an emerging playwright and selected by a distinguished playwright. This year's recipient was chosen by Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced, Junk).
Winkler received the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, as well as the publication of her winning play by Yale University Press and a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater October 30.
This year’s runner-up was Bleu Beckford-Burrell for Lyons Pride.
God Said This concerns Hiro, who returns to Lexington, Kentucky, after years away because her mom is undergoing chemotherapy. Sophie, her born-again Christian sister, fights to maintain her faith amid adversity. James, their recovering alcoholic father, wants to repair his fractured relationship with his daughters, but redemption isn’t easy. And John, an old classmate and single dad, worries about his legacy.
The show will be presented early next year at Primary Stages.
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