2015 Osborn Award
During the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the 2015 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award, which recognizes emerging playwrights, was presented to Tom Coash of Atlanta for his play Veils, a unique look at the differences and similarities between America and the Middle East as viewed in the clashing sensibilities of women’s rights and traditional roles in both civilizations.
Two young Muslim women attending the American Egyptian University in Cairo just before the anarchic Arab Spring in 2010 are complex three-dimensional characters, with the American the more traditional of the two while the Egyptian is enamored of western pop culture. But both are searching for sustaining definitions of how they should lead their lives in order to honor both their faith and their integrity in the world. Its premiere was held in February 2014 at Portland Stage in Maine.