Jen Silverman is the winner of the 2013 Yale Drama Series for her play "Still," chosen by Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman.
As the winner, "Still" will be published by Yale University Press and will recveive a staged rteading at Lincoln Center Theater’s Claire Tow Theater. Silverman will be presented with the David Charles Horn Prize, a cash award of $10,000.
Runners-up are Adam Szymkowicz for "Mercy," Jennifer Blackmer for "The Human Terrain" and Catherine Treischmann for "The Most Deserving."
Nearly 1100 entries from 30 countries were submitted for the competition.
In "Still:" "Morgan’s baby was born dead, Dolores is pregnant with a child she doesn’t want, and failed midwife Elena seeks either redemption or a career change. As all three women confront their fears, their desires, and each other, dead baby Constantinople roams the world, searching for the meaning of the word “wow,” a satisfying explanation of S&M, and above all, his mother."
"Silverman wrote a play that, in both style and content, shook us to our bones," says Norman. " It is called 'Still' and will leave you sitting that way for quite a while."
The New York-based Silverman has had her work produced off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm at the Cherry Lane Theatre (Crane Story), at Cleveland Public Theatre (Akarui), and by the Gallatin School/ NYU (Bones at the Gate). Her play Phoebe in Winter will premiere with Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks in June 2013.
In 2011 she was a United States delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing. "Still" won the 2012 Jane Chambers Award. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.
She was raised in Japan, Europe, and Finland as well as in the United States.
Norman won the Pulitzer Prize for her play, "'night Mother," a Tony Award for the book of the musical "The Secret Garden." She also wrote the book for the musicals "The Color Purple," "The Trumpet and the Swan" and the up-coming "The Bridges of Madison County," which will premiere this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festioval.
For the last 20 years, Norman has been co-director, with Christopher Durang, of the playwriting program at the Juilliard School. Now in its seventh year, 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is an annual international open submission competition for emerging playwrights who are invited to submit original, unpublished, full-length, English language plays for consideration. The Yale Drama Series is funded by the David Charles Horn Foundation. Marsha Norman is serving as the sole judge of the 2013 and 2014 competitions. Past judges, who have each served a two-year term are Edward Albee, David Hare, and John Guare. Submissions for the 2014 Yale Drama Series Award will be accepted no earlier than June 1, 2013, and no later than August 15, 2013. For complete contest rules, please visit www.yalepress.yale.edu/ypubooks/drama.asp.
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