The Women and Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education has announced the deadline of Feb. 15 for the 15th annual Jane Chambers Playwriting Award.
The award, given in memory of the late Jane Chambers ("Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," "Kudzu," "My Blue Heaven") honors plays and performance pieces created by women, reflecting a feminist perspective, and which allow numerous opportunities for female performers.
This year's recipient was playwright Elizabeth Wong of Los Angeles, who won for her drama "China Doll," a full-length play inspired by the glamorous but tragic life of the 1930s Chinese-American movie actress, Anna May Wong.
The $1000 award permits free registration to attend the Women in Theatre Conference in July, where a rehearsed reading of the winning work will be performed. A first runner-up, five finalists and 15 honorable mentions also will be named. Current students submitting works will be entered into the student category, with a $250 prize.
Contest organizers encourage women of diverse ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds to apply. They also encourage experimentation with the dramatic form. Submission must be postmarked by Feb. 15. Finalists will be notified in June. For an application, send an SASE to Jane Chambers Award, c/o Mary A. Donahoe, Dept. of Theatre Arts, Wright State University, Dayton, OH 45435-0001.