Sanaz Toossi has been named the 2020 winner of Williamstown Theatre Festival's L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award; the playwright is recognized for her work English. The honor comes with a $10,000 prize, an additional $10,000 through the Jay Harris Commission to develop a new work, a reading at Williamstown's upcoming season, and optional publication by Concord Theatricals' Samuel French.
WTF's upcoming summer lineup kicks off with another Toossi play: the world premiere of Wish You Were Here; Nikki Massoud and Marjan Neshat will star in the Gaye Taylor Upchurch-directed production on the Nikos Stage. As previously reported, the season also includes a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire starring Audra McDonald, Carla Gugino, and Bobby Cannavale; the world premiere of Leslye Headland's Cult of Love; a Susan Stroman-helmed production of Anna Ziegler's Photograph 51; and Shakina Nayfack's Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club, inspired by Edna Ferber and George S. Kauffman's Stage Door.
This year's judging panel for the New Play Award consisted of Adam Bock, Donja R. Love, Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Marjan Neshat, and Robert O’Hara. Finalists were Erika Dickerson-Despenza for Cullud Wattah, Ricardo Peréz González for Don’t Eat The Mangoes, Dave Harris for White History, Deborah Stein for The Feast, and Anna Ziegler for The Great Moment.