Cowhig Receives 2009 Yale Drama Series Award for Playwriting

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The Yale Repertory Theatre and the Yale University Press have named playwright Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig the recipient of the 2009 Yale Drama Series Award for Playwriting.

Honored for her play Lidless, Cowhig will receive a $10,000 award from the David C. Horn Foundation as well as a staged reading of her play at Yale Rep in September. Yale University Press will also publish the script of Lidless.

Cowhig's play, according to press notes, is "about a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who journeys to the home of his female U.S. Army interrogator 15 years after his detention, demanding half her liver for the damage she wreaked on his body and soul during her interrogations."

Playwright David Hare (The Vertical Hour, Amy's View) selected Lidless from 650 submissions as the winning work. Runners up include The Danger of Bleeding Brown by Enrique Urueta and Ruth McKee's Hell Money.

"Lidless was the clear winner, an extraordinary and original attempt to show the enduring strain on the victims of the U.S.'s deployment of torture at Guantanamo," Hare said of his selection.

Submissions for the 2010 Yale Drama Series may be sent beginning June 1. The cut-off date for postmark submissions is Aug. 15. For further information visit

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