The Vineyard Theatre has named Jeremy O. Harris the recipient of the theatre's 2018–19 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, a residency-based award given annually to a playwright of exceptional promise.
Harris will be presented with the award, which comes with a cash prize and artistic development support, at The Vineyard's annual Emerging Artists Luncheon October 12 at the National Arts Club. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and educator Paula Vogel will speak at the event.
Harris is currently in his third year at the Yale School of Drama. His play Daddy will have its world premiere in the winter of 2019 as part of the Vineyard’s 2018-2019 season in a co-production with The New Group. Danya Taymor will direct, with previously announced Alan Cumming set to star.
Harris' Slave Play will also be seen Off-Broadway next season, at New York Theatre Workshop with direction by Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara. The multi-award-winning play was recently developed at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference, and is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and The Lotos Foundation Prize in the Arts and Sciences.
Harris' other full-length works include Xander Xyst, Dragon: 1, and Water Sports; Or Insignificant White Boys. He is a 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellow, an Orchard Project Greenhouse artist, resident playwright with Colt Coeur, and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons.
Previous recipients of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award include Antoinette Nwandu, Kate Tarker, Boo Killebrew, Clare Barron, Christopher Chen, Erika Sheffer, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kara Lee Corthron, Rajiv Joseph, and Tarell Alvin McCraney.
Tickets to the award luncheon are available at vineyardtheatre.org/2018-luncheon.