Finalists for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize have been announced, which include Lucy Prebble and two other British playwrights.
Prebble has been nominated for A Very Expensive Poison, which ran at London’s Old Vic last year.
Other British finalists includes Zoe Cooper, for Out of Water, and Stef Smith for Nora: A Doll’s House, which opens at London’s Young Vic with a preview performance tonight.
The prize, which is in its 42nd year, is awarded annually to a female playwright, who “has written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre”.
This year’s finalists have been chosen from an international group of over 160 nominated plays.
Anne Washburn’s Shipwreck, which ran at the Almeida Theatre in London, and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s The King of Hell’s Palace – which played at London’s Hampstead Theatre – are also nominated.
The finalists also include Anchuli Felicia King, for Golden Shield, and Celine Song, for Endlings, as well as Dominique Morisseau for Confederates.
What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris and Kimber Lee’s untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play, which won last year’s Bruntwood international prize, complete the list.
The winner of the 2020 prize will be announced on March 2 at Playwrights Horizons in New York, judged by a panel that includes director and producer Kate Pakenham, actor Ruth Wilson, Oregon Shakespeare Festival director Nataki Garrett and actor Quincy Tyler Bernstine.
The winner will receive $25,000 and a signed print by Willem de Kooning. Each of the 10 shortlisted finalists will also receive $5,000.