Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize

One of the theater world's most prestigious playwriting prizes, the Yale Drama Series Prize, was given to Leah Nanako Winkler for her play God Said This, which will be presented by Primary Stages in Jan/Feb 2019. The 2018 award recipient was chosen by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. The winning play received a private staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater on October 30, 2018.

Now celebrating its twelfth year, the Yale Drama Series is the preeminent playwriting award in cooperation with Yale University Press, and is solely sponsored by the David Charles Horn Foundation. The Yale Drama Series Prize is given out annually for a play by an emerging playwright, selected by a judging panel of one--a distinguished playwright of our time. The winner receives the David Charles Horn Prize of $10,000, as well as publication of the winning play by Yale University Press and a staged professional reading. The Yale Drama Series is an annual international open submission competition for emerging playwrights who are invited to submit original, unpublished, full-length, English language plays for consideration. All entries are read blindly.

This year's runners-up is Bleu Beckford-Burrell for Lyons Pride.

Previous winners of the Yale Drama Series Prize include John Austin Connolly's The Boys From Siam (selected by Edward Albee in 2007), Neil Wechsler's Grenadine (selected by Edward Albee in 2008), Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's Lidless (selected by David Hare in 2009), Virginia Grise's blu (selected by David Hare in 2010), Shannon Murdoch's New Light Shine (selected by John Guare in 2011), Clarence Coo's Beautiful Province (selected by John Guare in 2012), Jen Silverman's Still (selected by Marsha Norman in 2013), Janine Nabers's Serial Black Face (selected by Marsha Norman in 2014), Barbara Seyda's Celia, a Slave: 26 Characters Testify (selected by Nicholas Wright in 2015), Emily Schwend's Utility (selected by Nicholas Wright in 2016), and Jacqueline Goldfinger's Bottle Fly (selected by Nicholas Wright in 2017).

For additional information about the Yale Drama Series, visit www.dchornfoundation.org.

Photo Credit: Craig Barrit/Getty Images

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
Leah Nanako Winkler

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
Francine Horn, Leah Nanako Winkler and Ayad Akhtar

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
Leah Nanako Winkler, Ayad Akhtar, Bleu Beckford Burrell and Francine Horn

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
Morgan Gould and Leah Nanako Winkler

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
Jaqueline Goldfinger

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
Leah Nanako Winkler and family

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
Marsha Norman

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
Ayad Akhtar

Photo Flash: GOD SAID THIS Wins Yale Drama Series Prize
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