For twenty-five years the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize has recognized, honored, and encouraged the most gifted women writing for the English-speaking theater. These six plays, from both sides of the Atlantic, were selected by the distinguished international panel of judges from the finalists of the twenty-fifth anniversary year.
Dael Orlandersmith's Yellowman tackles the charged and dangerous world of discrimination within the African-American community.
Frozen by Bryony Lavery deals with the horror of child molestation, although the artistry of the language gives a depth and humanity to the emotional life of each of the three characters that transcends any sensationalism.
Rinne Groff's Orange Lemon Egg Canary uses a magician's show as a metaphor for the magic of theatre and the agony of collaboration.
In Helen Cooper's Three Women and a Piano Tuner, a composer, a performer, and a financial backer come together to put on a concert. As tensions rise between the women, the true and startling nature of their relationship becomes clear.
Hannah and Martin by Kate Fodor starts at the moment when Jewish political philosopher Hannah Arendt decides to support Martin Heidegger in spite of his own pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic WWII stances. The play then spirals backwards, to dramatize all incarnations of their relationship, from colleagues to lovers to antagonists.
Charlotte Eilenberg's The Lucky Ones, pierces the intricacies of post-Holocaust responsibility through the simple theatrical action of a real estate exchange.