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Theater critics award top prize — again — to playwright Bill Cain

Bill Cain

For the second year in a row, New York playwright Bill Cain has won the $25,000 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Award for a new play — this time for 9 Circles, a harrowing but ultimately uplifting play about war and redemption.

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Playwright Cori Thomas wins 2011 Osborn Award

Cori Thomas (photo courtesy of City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh)

Playwright Cori Thomas, a New York-based writer who has lived in seven countries, has won the American Theatre Critics Association’s M. Elizabeth Osborn Award for her play When January Feels Like Summer, a dark comedy about a multicultural neighborhood and its residents’ search for assimilation and identity.

Thomas will receive the $1,000 prize — meant to honor a playwright who has not yet won national attention — April 2 in Louisville, Ky., at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

(I was one of the members of the ATCA awards committee that chose Thomas for this prize.)

Here’s more on Thomas and her play:

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Theater critics announce six finalists for $25,000 new-play prize

Six U.S. playwrights have been named as finalists in the 2010 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association ATCA) New Play Award, a national competition run by ATCA, the professional organization of U.S. theater critics.

The six finalists are up for $40,000 in awards, including one $25,000 first-place award and two $7,500 citations. The awards go to the writers of the scripts judged to have been the best produced in a regional theater outside New York the previous year.

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Marian Seldes, and why she rocks

Those of you who watched the Tonys last night saw Marian Seldes, one of the last grande dames of the American theater, who deserves every grande adjective she gets.

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Theater critics honor playwright Jason Wells

Chicago playwright Jason Wells has been named the winner of the 2010 American Theatre Critics Association’s M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, which honors an up-and-coming playwright.

The award recognizes Wells’s play Perfect Mendacity, which premiered last year at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota.

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Theater critics announces finalists for national new-play award

The American Theatre Critics Association have named six finalists for the organization’s annual Steinberg/ATCA New Play Awards. The winner will receive a $25,000 prize, and two others will receive $7,500 apiece.

Winners will be announced March 27 at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky.

A personal note: I’m on the panel of 13 critics who read all the submissions and chose these six finalists, and I wrote the essay for the forthcoming Best Plays Theatre Yearbook on last year’s winner, E.M. Lewis’s Song of Extinction.

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