Dec. 11, the National Play Award will be given to one of five lucky playwrights at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles' Bing Theatre. This year's entires are Storm in the Iron Box by Adam Kraar, The Duke's Development by Lou Mathews, No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs by John Henry Redwood (The Old Settler), The Vermeer Room by Brad Rosenstein and Model Citizens by Prince Gomolivas. Besides announcing the winner who will receive a $5,000 prize, the evening also features a presentation of 1999's winner, In Walks Mem'ry by Eric C. Waldemar, Jr. In Mem'ry, an African-American woman named Zoey comes home after 15 years in prison. Her brother Jess, to whom she hasn't spoken in over 20 years, agrees to take her on a trip back to her childhood, but instead confronts her with the painful truth that in their youth, she wanted nothing more than to be white.
Tickets are free and reservations can be made by calling (323) 465-9517. The National Repertory Theatre Foundation is on the web at http://www.nrtf.org.
— By Christine Ehren