Donja R. Love's Sugar in Our Wounds, which will make its world premiere in June at Manhattan Theatre Club, is the recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. The grant is given annually to an unproduced, full-length play by an early-career American playwright.
Love will receive $50,000, and Manhattan Theatre Club will receive $100,000 towards the upcoming Off-Broadway production.
“I am thrilled that Donja’s beautiful play has been recognized with this esteemed award,” said Manhattan Theatre Club Artistic Director Lynne Meadow in a statement. “Donja R. Love is a gifted writer and I am proud to be introducing him to MTC audiences later this season with this important play which humanizes a part of history rarely seen on stage.“
In addition to the annual prize, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation also awarded Citations of Excellence to Rogelio Martinez for his play Blind Date and Sylvia Khoury for Selling Kabul. Martinez and Khoury will each receive $15,000.
The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award is the first major award for playwriting to be named in honor of a gay couple: late, Tony-winning playwright and director Arthur Laurents (West Side Story, Gypsy) and his partner of 52 years, Tom Hatcher.