Playwright Kenneth Lin Wins 2005 Weissberger Award

News   Playwright Kenneth Lin Wins 2005 Weissberger Award Kenneth Lin's play …,” said Said [sic] has won the 2005 L. Arnold Weissberger Award, presented annually by The Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF), on behalf of the Anna L. Weissberger Foundation.

Lin will receive a $10,000 prize, publication of his script by Samuel French, Inc., and a reading by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, to take place during the 2006 season.

…,” said Said (the odd capitalization and the punctuation in the title are intentional) "explores the tension between the deeds of one's past and present.  The quiet life of Nobel Prize-wining poet Andre Said and his daughter, Sarah, is interrupted by a mysterious visitor who can call the past back to life.  Buried in the etchings of an ancient language, the agonies of Said's early years as a political prisoner in Algeria are unearthed in a climactic confrontation with his former captor."

…,” said Said has already been scheduled for a production in the spring of 2005 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

  This year's nominated scripts were narrowed to five finalists and the winner was chosen by a panel of theatre professionals, including director Christopher Ashley, actor-playwright Ellen McLaughlin, and playwright John Guare.

…,” said Said was nominated by Arena Stage in Washington, DC. The Williamstown Theatre Festival is currently accepting nominations for the 2006 Award.  Nominations are by invitation only, and must be received by June 15, 2006.  Nominated scripts must be full-length, unpublished, and not have received or be scheduled for a professional production before Dec. 31, 2006.  Musicals, screenplays, and children's plays are not considered.

 

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