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Jennifer Maisel's OUT OF ORBIT Wins Wagner College Theatre's 2014 Stanley Drama Award

The Wagner College Theatre has announced that the winner of this year's Stanley Drama Award is Jennifer Maisel of Los Angeles for her play, "Out of Orbit."

Two finalists for this year's award were also announced: Chelsea Sutton of North Hollywood, Cal., for "The Dead Woman," and Sam Byron of New York City for "Gordy Crashes."

The awards will be given on Monday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Players Club in Manhattan. The awards ceremony will be followed by a cocktail reception.

The Stanley Drama Award was established in 1957 by Staten Island philanthropist Alma Guyon Timolat Stanley and endowed through the Stanley-Timolat Foundation to encourage and support aspiring playwrights. The national Stanley Award competition is administered by the Wagner College Theatre program, listed for the last decade among the top five college theater programs in the country in the Princeton Review's annual Best Colleges Guide. The award carries with it a monetary prize along with the distinction of joining the illustrious list of past Stanley Award winners.

The Stanley Drama Award has a long and distinguished history. Past winners include Terrence McNally's "This Side of the Door" (aka "Things That Go Bump in the Night"), Lonne Elder III's "Ceremonies in Dark Old Men," and Jonathan Larson's "Rent." Among those judging for the Stanley Award have been playwrights Edward Albee and Paul Zindel, actresses Geraldine Page and Kim Stanley, and TV producer/pioneer talk-show host David Susskind.

A mother and her teenage daughter. A Jet Propulsion Lab scientist, and an underachiever. Sara lives on Mars time, spearheading the Mars Rover Expedition, visiting a planet she cannot touch. Meanwhile, her daughter, Lis, on Earth time, falls under the spell of cyber-cypher Edgar2330. Sometimes it takes being worlds apart for an exploring woman and a longing-to-be-explored girl to find each other in our increasingly disconnected universe.

Jennifer Maisel has seen her work developed and produced by Rosalind Productions (Off-Broadway), Theatre J, Park Square Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre NY and LA, Theater of NOTE, Gulf Shore Playhouse, University of the Arts, Playwrights' Arena, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, South Coast Repertory, Rorschach Theatre, Epic Theatre, PlayLabs, PlayPenn, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Inkwell and Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival.

"The Last Seder" premiered Off-Broadway in 2012 after productions in Chicago, D.C., Los Angeles, St. Paul, St. Louis and São Paolo, Brazil.

PEN West Literary Award finalist "There or Here" had a critically acclaimed run at New York's Hypothetical Theatre and was later recorded for podcast by Southern California Public Radio station KPCC. An essay Jennifer wrote about "There or Here" with director Amy Feinberg will be published this winter in "Outsourcing Life," a book about transnational surrogacy.

"Out of Orbit," developed at the 2010 Sundance Theatre Lab and the Gulf Shore New Play Festival, received the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan commission for plays about science and technology.

Other plays by Jennifer Maisel include "Goody Fucking Two Shoes" ("Plays From Actors Theatre of Louisville: Humana Festival 2005"), "Eden" (Original Works Publishing), "Mad Love," "Mallbaby," "Dark Hours," "birds," "Match" and "@thespeedofJake."

Maisel is the recipient of the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award and their Charlotte Woolard Award for Promising New Voice in American Theatre, as well their Roger Stevens Award for Playwrights of Extraordinary Promise. She won South Coast Repertory's California Playwrights Competition and was a finalist for the PEN West Literary Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, the O'Neill Theatre Conference (twice), the STAGE International Script Competition, the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, Abingdon Theatre's Christopher Brian Wolk Award (twice), the Ojai Playwrights Festival and the Heideman Award (three times).

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