InterAct is pleased to announce that CITY OF NUMBERS: mixtape of a city... (since renamed KILLADELPHIA: mixtape of a city...) by Sean Christopher Lewis has been named one of two winners of the National New Play Network's 2010 Smith Prize, an award that goes to the best new play focusing on American politics.
Established in 2006 and funded by a gift from screenwriter, novelist and playwright Timothy Jay Smith and a number of other socially-conscious donors, The Smith Prize has been administered by NNPN, and is awarded annually to a play that asks: Who are Americans as a people? What are we becoming? What are our global responsibilities? Previous Prizewinners are Y York's take on the Rodney King riots, ...AND L.A. IS BURNING; Seth Rozin's satire on Big Oil, BLACK GOLD; and Peter Gil-Sheridan's TOPSY TURVY MOUSE.
This year, KILLADELPHIA: mixtape of a city... shares the award with Martín Zimmerman's WHITE TIE BALL, an explosive story of two Latino brothers set against the backdrop of Southwest politics. This is the first year since the Prize's inception that more than one winner has been selected; Lewis and Zimmerman will share the $5,000 cash prize.
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