Photo Flash: Clare Barron and Sarah DeLappe Receive American Playwriting Foundation's 2015 Relentless Awards
Last night, the American Playwriting Foundation, established to make annual grants to new American plays, awarded its two female winners The Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater. Scroll down for photos from the event!
Established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, The Relentless Award has honored not one, but two unproduced plays, laying the groundwork for the future of American Theater.
DANCE NATION, a play about ambition, competition, and growing up - and how we find our souls in the heat of it all, by Clare Barron, and THE WOLVES, a play about a girls indoor soccer league by Sarah DeLappe, will split a $45,000 prize and receive the most extensive national roll-out in American theater, with staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country.
The Play Selection Committee was comprised of some of America's top playwrights, including Eric Bogosian, Thomas Bradshaw, APF Executive Director David Bar Katz, Lynn Nottage, John Ortiz, Jonathan Marc Sherman, and Lucy Thurber, who received and considered over 2,000 submissions.
Beginning today, submissions are now open for the 2016 Relentless Awards. For more information, click here.
Photo Credit: Hunter Canning
Pulitzer Prize winner and Relentless judge Lynn Nottage presents Sarah DeLappe with the 2015 Relentless Award
2015 Relentless Award winners Sarah DeLappe and Clare Barron
Relentless Awards subcommittee