Corner Wars was produced by Theatre for a New Generation at the 47th Street Theatre last season. The play takes place in a rough section of north Philadelphia and examines urban street life. Dowlin, who now lives in Brooklyn, was raised in Philadelphia. Dowlin will be honored at a Nov. 13 luncheon at the American Airlines Theatre. The award carries a $5,000 cash prize.
The award was bestowed by a committee of four playwrights—Edward Albee, James Lapine, Wendy Wasserstein and Richard Greenberg—and four journalists—Newsday critic Linda Winer, Newsday features editor Phyllis Singer, former Newsday entertainment editor Sylviane Gold; and former Newsday critic Allan Wallach.
Past Oppy winners include Greenberg and Lapine, as well as Margaret Edson and Warren Leight.