A huge congratulations to Writer/Director Lab alumna Janine Nabers (2009/2010) who is this year’s winner of the prestigious Yale Prize in Drama, for her play SERIAL BLACK FACE. The judge this year was Marsha Norman.
Below is The New York Times article announcing the prize:ALLAN KOZINN
Janine Nabers has won the 2014 Yale Drama Series competition for Serial Black Face, her play about the relationship between a single black mother and her daughter in Atlanta in 1979, at the start of a two-year spree in which more then 20 black children were murdered in the city. The award includes a reading at the Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater, publication by Yale University Press and a $10,000 cash prize.
The prize, now in its eighth year, is for an unpublished, full-length play in English, and is supported by the David Charles Horn Foundation. The winner is chosen by a single judge, who serves a two-year term. For 2013 and 2014, the judge was Marsha Norman, the playwright and screenwriter who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for her play, ’night, Mother. Serial Black Face, a commission for Playwrights Horizon, was chosen from among 1,638 entries from 41 countries.
“Janine Nabers is an extraordinary writer – powerful and funny and brave,” Ms. Norman said in a statement. “This work is unsettling to read, but even as you read it, you know it is true. The crackling dialogue and the unswerving honesty are beautiful to experience.”
Ms. Nabers’s earlier works include Annie Bosh Is Missing, Welcome to Jesus, A Swell in the Ground, Mrs. Hughes and Only Gold. She is currently the Aetna New Voices fellow at Hartford Stage, and is working on commissions from that company and the Alley Theater.