The ten finalists nominated for the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Award have been announced. The award, now celebrating its 24th anniversary, is given annually to top-notch women playwrights forging works for the English-speaking stage.
The finalists are: Kay Adshead for "The Bogus Woman"; Rukhsana Ahmad for "River on Fire"; Julia Cho for "99 Histories"; Amy Freed for "The Beard of Avon"; Gina Gionfriddo for "U.S. Drag"; Julia Jordan for "Boy"; Susan Miller for "A Map of Doubt and Rescue"; Carey Perloff for "The Colossus of Rhodes"; Kelly Stuart for "Mayhem"; and Tracey Scott Wilson for "The Story."
The awards will be presented in February in New York or London. The winner is given $10,000.
The prize reflects the values and interests of Susan Smith Blackburn, a well-known American actress and writer, who lived in London the last 15 years of her life. She died in 1977, at age 42.