Lauren Yee wins 2016 Primus Prize of $10,000; submissions being accepted for 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 2:08AM
Operations Manager

March 14, 2017 — Playwright Lauren Yee has been awarded the 2016 Francesca PrimusPlaywright Lauren Yee Prize for her play in a word. Jointly sponsored by ATCA and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation, the Primus Prize is given annually to an emerging woman playwright. Yee will receive the $10,000 award check immediately and be officially celebrated at an upcoming ATCA conference.

Yee was selected by an ATCA committee of six. led by Barbara Bannon, from seven finalists announced in January, who were in turn chosen from 26 playwrights submitted.

In a word is about the grief of a couple at the disappearance of their seven-year-old adopted son, but it is equally about language. “To me, the funny and the painful go hand in hand,” Yee says. Her play was developed in readings on both coasts, had a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere and is published by Samuel French. For a full press release with further details, click here.

Submissions are now being accepted through May 1 for the 2017 Primus Prize. Playwrights may self-submit. Click here for a description of the process.

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