Playwrights Katerie Morin, Crystal Skillman and Caridad Svich are the winners of the Perishable Theatre's International Women's Playwriting Festival, given annually by the Rhode Island company.
All three receive a $500 cash prize and a fully staged production at the theatre.
Svich is a current playwright-in-residence at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, a post she filled at New York City's INTAR for four years. Her plays have been produced in NYC at Theater for the New City under the direction of Maria Irene Fornes. Her other work includes a soon-to-be-published translation of the plays and poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca, and critical writing that has appeared in "American Theatre," "Contemporary Theatre Review" and "The Dramatist." Her chosen play is entitled Finding Life.
With New York credits that include the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Soho Rep and HERE, Skillman is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Youngblood, EST's playwriting collective. In the Wild is her prize-winning piece.
Winning with Pretty Speeches, Katerie Morin returns to the Perishable where her full-length play, Spirits from the Commonplace recently received a reading. A finalist in the Actor's Theatre of Louisville Playwriting Competition, she is a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant for Playwriting this year. Submissions were taken from across the country and around the world. Entires must be one-act world premieres from a woman writer.
The 8th Annual Women's Playwriting Festival runs at the Perishable May 20-June 18. The Perishable Theatre is on the web at http://www.perishable.org.
-- By Christine Ehren