Photo Coverage: Albee Presents Horn Prize for Playwriting
Irish playwright John Austin Connolly was awarded the inaugural David C. Horn Prize for Playwriting, presented as part of the Yale Drama Series. Introduced by Mercedes Ruehl (The Goat), Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Goat) announced the winner on April 26th.
Connolly won for his play The Boys from Siam, with Colin McKenna (The Secret Agenda of Trees) and Lazarre Seymour Simckes (Open Rehearsal) selected as runners-ups. Albee chose Connolly's play from among 500 others submitted. The Boys from Siam is loosely based upon the lives of Chang and Eng Bunker, who were known as the original Siamese Twins.
Connolly will receive the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. The rules of the competition stipulated that submissions must be original full-length plays written in English and must not have been previously published or produced. Albee's appointment as the competition's judge extends for two years. Future judges of the competition will include both distinguished playwrights and directors.Visit www.yalerep.org for more information.
John Austin Connolly, Mercedes Ruehl and Edward Albee
John Austin Connolly and Francine Horn
Edward Albee congratulating John Austin Connolly
John Austin Connolly
Francine Horn speaks
John Donatich and Edward Albee
Edward Albee and Francine Horn
Ceremony attendees, with John Donatich, Francine Horn, John Austin Connolly, Edward Albee and James Bundy
John Austin Connolly, Edward Albee and James Bundy
The Connolly family, with Francine Horn, Edward Albee and Gracie