“Water By The Spoonful” by Quiara Alegria Hudes, which was produced last fall at Hartford Stage, which commissioned the work, is one of six fionalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association New Play Award, which recognizes playwrights for the best scripts that premiered professionally outside New York City during 2011.
The top award of $25,000 and two citations of $7,500 each, plus commemorative plaques, will be presented March 31 at Actors Theatre of Louisville during the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
At $40,000, Steinberg/ATCA is the largest national new play award of its kind.
The other five finalists are: “Annapurna,” by Sharr White” (Magic Theatre, San Francisco); “Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them,” by A. Rey Pamatmat (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville); “On The Spectrum,” by Ken LaZebnik (Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis); “Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World,” by Yussef El Guindi (ACT Repertory in Seattle);and “A Twist of Water,” by Caitlin Montanye Parrish (Route 66 Theatre in Chicago);
In hudes' play, "a soldier returns from the Iraqi war and struggles to put aside the demons that haunt him. His mother, a recovering heroin addict, battles her own demons with other recovering addicts in an Internet chat room. The boundaries of love, family and community are stretched across time, generations and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide."
These six finalists were selected from 27 eligible scripts submitted by ATCA members. They were evaluated by a committee of 12 theater critics.
Since the inception of ATCA’s New Play Award, honorees have included Lanford Wilson, Marsha Norman, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, Mac Wellman, Adrienne Kennedy, Donald Margulies, Lynn Nottage, Moises Kaufman and Craig Lucas.
Last year’s honoree was Bill Cain for “9 Circles.”
For a full list of 35 years of winners and runners-up, go to www.americantheatrecritics.org and click on Steinberg-ATCA under Awards.
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg on behalf of himself and his late wife. Pursuing its primary mission to support the American theater, it has provided grants totaling millions of dollars for new productions of American plays and educational programs for those who may not ordinarily experience live theater.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun