By Adam Hetrick
10 Sep 2013
Silverman will be presented with a $10,000 prize for her work, which will also be published by the Yale University Press.
The evening will also include a staged reading of Still, which will be directed by Kate Whoriskey (The Miracle Worker). The cast will include Jeanine Seralles, Chris Grant, Birgit Huppuch and Elvy Yorst.
Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman ('night, Mother; The Secret Garden; The Bridges of Madison County) served as the sole judge for this annual competition. Runners-up for the 2013 honor are playwrights Adam Szymkowicz, Jennifer Blackmer and Catherine Treischmann.
"Jen Silverman wrote a play that, in both style and content, shook us to our bones. The other entries (over 1,000 of them) were, by and large, bold and deeply felt. The ones I chose to honor as finalists are the ones whose craft and language distinguished them from the rest. They were also the ones that touched me deeply, that made me feel something that lasted beyond the reading of them," Norman said in a statement.
Here is how the play is characterized: "In Still, Morgan's baby was born dead, Dolores is pregnant with a child she doesn't want, and failed midwife Elena seeks either redemption or a career change. As all three women confront their fears, their desires, and each other, dead baby Constantinople roams the world, searching for the meaning of the word 'wow,' a satisfying explanation of S&M, and above all, his mother."
Now in its seventh year, the Yale Drama Series is an annual international competition, funded by the David Horn Foundation, which is open to emerging playwrights who are invited to submit original, unpublished and unproduced full-length English-language plays for consideration.
Silverman is a New York-based playwright whose work has been produced Off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Crane Story), at Cleveland Public Theatre (Akarui) and by the Gallatin School/NYU (Bones at the Gate). Her play Phoebe in Winter premiered with Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks earlier this year. She is a member of Youngblood at EST, Uncharted at Ars Nova, Groundbreakers at terraNova, and is an affiliated artist with New Georges and The Lark. Silverman is a two-time MacDowell fellow, and has developed work with Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, InterAct Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NY Stage and Film/Powerhouse, and Seven Devils, among others. Still is also the winner of the 2012 Jane Chambers Award.