Thursday, May 5, 2011

IN A DAUGHTER'S EYES Wins National New Play Network's 2011 Smith Prize

InterAct is pleased to announce that IN A DAUGHTER'S EYES by A. Zell Williams has been named the winner of the National New Play Network's 2011 Smith Prize, an award that goes to the best new play focusing on American politics.

InterAct Theatre will produce the World Premiere of IN A DAUGHTER'S EYES, beginning previews on May 27.

“IN A DAUGHTER'S EYES deals with America's legacies of racial and social injustice,” said playwright A. Zell Williams. “The support of the Smith Prize will be a great help in continuing the conversation around these important, challenging topics. And as a young artist, I'm honored to receive the encouragement of such a vital group as the National New Play Network." The 2011 Prize Finalists, in addition to Williams’ play, were: 70 by Philip Hall, FALLOW by Kenneth Lin, SOVEREIGN BODY by Emilie Beck, TO THE BONE by Lisa Ramirez, and WETBACK by Elaine Romero. The selection committee was led by Toni Press-Coffman of Tuscon’s Borderlands Theater.

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? Past winners include Sean Christopher Lewis’ KILLADELPHIA, which InterAct premiered last season as CITY OF NUMBERS: mixtape of a city; Martin Zimmerman’s explosive story of two Latino brothers set against the backdrop of Southwest politics, WHITE TIE BALL; Y York's take on the Rodney King riots, ...AND L.A. IS BURNING; Seth Rozin's satire on Big Oil, BLACK GOLD, which InterAct produced in 2008; and Peter Gil-Sheridan's TOPSY TURVY MOUSE. The $5,000 Prize is split between the playwright and the first NNPN member theater to produce the play.

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