The award will be presented to Corthron June 17 at a luncheon at New York's National Arts Club with the award's namesake, playwright Vogel, in attendance. The honor — previously bestowed upon Tarell Alvin McCraney and Rajiv Joseph — is presented to "an emerging playwright of exceptional promise," according to the award announcement. The winner receives a cash prize, artistic development support and a staged reading of his or her work at the Vineyard.
Corthron's plays include Holly Down In Heaven, Etched in Skin on A Sunless Night and she is currently working on commissions from South Coast Rep, Naked Angels, New Georges and EST/Sloan. She was also a staff writer for the NBC drama, "Kings." The playwright is the sister of fellow playwright Kia Corthron ( A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, Light Raise the Roof, Force Continuum).
"We are delighted to announce Kara Lee Corthton as this year's Paula Vogel Award winner. Kara is a young playwright of prodigious talent - witty, imaginative, with a distinctive voice all her own," stated Vineyard Theater artistic director Douglas Aibel and associate artistic director Sarah Stern. "Her plays evince a truly empathetic writer, who approaches her characters with grace, charm, and a bittersweet and touching sensibility. We had the pleasure of working with Kara on a workshop last season and look forward to continuing to support her process at this stage of her work and career. Like her predecessors in this award - Tarell Alvin McCraney and Rajiv Joseph - she is a most promising new writer for the American theatre."
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