The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation has announced the winner of the 2016 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honor at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The prize went to Life According to Saki, written by Katherine Rundell and directed by Jessica Lazar.
The play will have a New York run courtesy of The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation February 9-March 5, 2017, at New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre.
Saki was the pen name of early twentieth century Scottish short story writer Hector Hugh Munro. Life According to Saki depicts the writer in the trenches during the Battle of Ancre in 1916, as he recounts stories to his fellow soldiers.
“Beginning with early misrule and playful rebellion, his stories show us the world with a sharp humor, alternately light and dark, as Saki and his fellow soldiers bear witness to a world turned on its head,” state production notes.
“I was astonished by the play's thoughtful depiction of Saki, the man, and his fantastical short tales,” says Carol Tambor in a press statement. “Life According to Saki transported me to the magical world Saki created to ease the horrors war, for his men and himself. It was a privilege to be in Saki's company—if only for the length of the play.”
Tambor helped choose the winning piece, along with The Scotsman Newspaper’s arts writers Joyce McMillan, Jackie McGlone and Mark Fisher.
For more information on the The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation, visit bestofedinburgh.org.