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Zinnie Harris and Charlene James shortlisted for Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Noma Dumezweni in Linda at the Royal Court, 2015. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Zinnie Harris, Charlene James and Penelope Skinner are among the six British playwrights shortlisted for this year’s Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Harris is nominated for This Restless House, which ran at the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow, James for Cuttin’ It – which ran at the Young Vic and toured – and Skinner for Linda at London’s Royal Court.

Other UK finalists for the prize – which celebrates English language plays by women – include Somalia Seaton, for Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier, Charley Mills for Blackthorn and Lizzie Nunnery for Narvik.

The four US finalists are Clare Barron, for Dance Nation, Amy Herzog for May Jane, Dominique Morisseau for Pipeline and Jen Silverman for The Moors.

The winner will receive a cash prize of $25,000 (£20,000) and a signed print by artist Willem de Kooning. Finalists will receive an award of $5,000 (£4,015).

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

Previous winners of the award have included Lynn Nottage, Lucy Kirkwood, Caryl Churchill, Paula Vogel and Annie Baker.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony on March 6.

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