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Clare Barron wins Susan Smith Blackburn playwriting prize

Clare Barron. Photo: RJ Tolan

US playwright Clare Barron has won the 2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play Dance Nation.

Barron beat nine other contenders to the prize, including six UK writers. These included Zinnie Harris, Charlene James and Penelope Skinner [1].

The prize is awarded annually to women playwrights who have written for English-speaking theatre.

Dance Nation will premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York in April 2018. It follows the story of a pre-teen dance competition.

Barron was named as the winner at a ceremony in New York. She wins $25,000 (£20,515) and a signed print by artist Willem de Kooning. The other finalists each receive $5,000 (£4,102).

Judges for this year’s prize included directors Maria Aberg and Evan Cabnet, actors Nina Sosanya and Sarah Paulson, and writers Jenny Worton and Robert O’Hara