The 2010 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize has been awarded to Bill Cain for 9 Circles. Cain's critically acclaimed Equivocation receives its Bay Area premiere at MTC this spring; a separate production is now running Off-Broadway. Cain will receive a $10,000 award accompanied by a world-premiere production of 9 Circles in the Lieberman Theatre as part of MTC's 2010–11 season in Mill Valley, CA.
The 2010 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize has been awarded to Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig for Lidless. She will receive $2,500, and Lidless will be included in MTC's New Works series in the 2010–11 season. The winners this year were selected from 380 eligible submissions.
"The heart of Cain's 9 Circles, a haunting journey of a young American soldier who must negotiate the consequences of a brutal crime, will leave audiences breathless," MTC's Minadakis said in a statement. "MTC is also pleased to introduce a bright, important new voice for the American theatre, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Her play Lidless focuses on the life of a female Guantanamo interrogator after she has left military service. Ms. Cowhig displays amazing maturity and promise in her storytelling, dialogue, use of structure, and craft."
Norton J. "Sky" Cooper funds the Sky Cooper New American Play Prize at Marin Theatre Company, established in 2007 to celebrate "the work of the American playwright and to encourage the creation of bold, powerful new voices and plays for the American stage."
Cooper also funds the David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize award at Marin Theatre Company, established in 2007 "in honor of David Calicchio's lifelong career as a playwright, and in support of MTC's commitment to the discovery and development of new and emerging American playwrights." The Calicchio Prize is awarded annually to a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice for the American theatre. *
Marin Theatre Company is the Bay Area's mid-sized theatre and the leading professional theatre in the North Bay. It produces a five- to six-show season "of provocative plays by passionate playwrights from the 20th century and today" in two intimate theatres — a 231-seat proscenium and a 99-seat thrust.