Naomi Wallace, author of One Flea Spare and other works, was named winner of the 1996 Kesselring Prize, given by the National Arts Club for outstanding play writing.
Wallace was nominated by the National Actors Theatre in Louisville, NY. The judges awarded a $2,500 prize to Nilo Cruz for his play A Park in Our House. He was nominated by the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ.
The judges this year were Lincoln Center dramaturg Anne Cattaneo, playwright John Guare, and theater critic John Lahr.
The prizes will be bestowed in a Nov. 10, in a ceremony at The National Arts Club in New York, accompanied by a reading of Wallace's prize-winning play. Admission is by invitation only.
The awards are named for Joseph Otto Kesselring, author of Arsenic and Old Lace. Previous winners have included Amy Freed's The Psychic Life of Savages, Doug Wright's Quills, Nicky Silve''s Pterodactyls, Anna Deavere Smith's Fires in the Mirror and Tony Kushner''s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.
-- By Robert Viagas