The award is presented in Sarasota, FL, at a dinner where Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis is the keynote speaker. The dinner is part of a weekend-long series of arts programs and discussions highlighting music and drama.
The prize consists of a $30,000 commission to create a new work of art to be fulfilled by the artist in two years, as well as time and space to create the piece at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, FL. The prize also includes the first public presentation by a professional arts organization in Sarasota, FL, and help to promote the work.
"Three remarkable and very different playwrights were short-listed as our finalists this year," Bruce E. Rodgers, executive director of the Hermitage, said in a previous statement. "Our very distinguished jury had a very hard decision to make. In the end they selected Nilo Cruz for the poetic nature of his work and where he stands in his career at this time. We are very pleased and look forward to officially presenting the Greenfield Prize to Nilo, the first Florida artist, and first Latino artist to receive the Greenfield Prize."
Cruz's writing credits include Anna in the Tropics, Lorca in a Green Dress, Night Train to Bolina, A Bicycle Country, Dancing on Her Knees, A Park in Our House, Two Sisters and A Piano and Hortensia and The Museum of Dreams.
Visit GreenfieldPrize.org for more information and a complete schedule of events.