As winner of the competition, Serial Black Face will be published by Yale University Press and receive a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater. Nabers will be presented with the David Charles Horn Prize, a cash award of $10,000.
Here's how the play is described: "In Serial Black Face it's Atlanta 1979. A serial killer is on the loose and a single black mother's relationship with her young daughter grows more hostile when a handsome stranger enters their lives."
This year's runner-up is Meny Beriro for Excellent Souls. Adam Szymkowicz received honorable mention for Rare Birds.
"I am incredibly honored by this prestigious award, and I'm humbled to be included in a long list of fearless and undeniably talented writers," Nabers added. "Serial Black Face... tackles a time in America that has been gravely overlooked. I'm happy that this award can give voice to that time. To be a recipient of the Yale Drama Series Award is a privilege."
Nabers is is currently the 2013-14 Aetna New Voices fellow at Hartford Stage. Her plays include Annie Bosh is Missing, Welcome to Jesus, A Swell in the Ground, the book to the Sylvia Plath/Ted Hughes musical Mrs. Hughes and the book to the Kate Nash/Andy Blankenbuehler musical Only Gold.
Serial Black Face was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons as one of their Kate and Seymour Weingarten Commissions.
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