Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalists Include Theresa Rebeck, Lauren Gunderson and More

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29 Jan 2014

Theresa Rebeck
Theresa Rebeck
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The finalists for the 36th annual Susan Smith Blackburn Prize have been announced.

The ten finalists, selected by an international panel of judges, include the following:

Caroline Bird (UK) - Chamber Piece
Sheila Callaghan (US) - Elevada
Alexandra Collier (Australia) - Holy Day
Lauren Gunderson (US) - I and You
Lucy Kirkwood (UK) - Chimerica
Joanna Murray-Smith (Australia) - Switzerland
Lucy Prebble (UK) - The Effect
Theresa Rebeck (US) - Zealot
Beth Steel (UK) - Wonderland
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (UK) - Fleabag

The winner, who will be awarded $25,000 and receive a signed print by Willem de Kooning, will be announced at the awards presentation in February.

Each of the additional finalists will receive $2,500.



Co-founded by Emilie S. Kilgore and William Blackburn, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honors new English-language plays by women on an annual basis. It reflects the values and interests of Blackburn, an American actress and writer who lived in London during the last 15 years of her life.

Previous winners include Annie Baker's The Flick, Jennifer Haley's The Nether, Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, Chloe Moss's This Wide Night, Katori Hall's Hurt Village, Judith Thompson's Palace of the End, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti's Behzti (Dishonour), Sarah Ruhl's The Clean House, Dael Orlandersmith's Yellowman, Julia Cho's The Language Archive, Gina Gionfriddo's U.S. Drag, Bridget Carpenter's Fall, Charlotte Jones' Humble Boy, Naomi Wallace's One Flea Spare, Wendy Kesselman's My Sister in this House, Jessica Goldberg's Refuge, Moira Buffini's Silence and Caryl Churchill's Serious Money.

The international panel of judges for the 2013-14 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize includes, in the U.S., Wendy Goldberg, artistic director of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center; Tony nominee Jessica Hecht; and Emmy winner Jim Parsons. U.K. judges are Phyllida Lloyd, Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens and Tony and Olivier-nominated actor Lia Williams.

Visit blackburnprize.org for more information.