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AMERICAN THEATRE | Christina Anderson Named 2022 Recipient of Annual Horton Foote Prize

Christina Anderson.

NEW YORK CITY: Tony-nominated playwright Christina Anderson has been named the 2022 recipient of the annual Horton Foote Prize for her play the ripple, the wave that carried me residence. The award acknowledges excellence in American theatre within the identify of the late Pulitzer-winning playwright.

In an in-person celebration on Oct. 24, Anderson will probably be offered with award, and can obtain $50,000 and a restricted version of Keith Carter’s iconic {photograph} of Horton Foote. She will probably be offered the award by Pulitzer-winning playwrights Paula Vogel and Lynn Nottage, who’ve additionally served as Anderson’s lecturers and mentors.

The ripple, the wave that carried me residence is one girls’s account of her household’s function within the political battle for the mixing of swimming swimming pools in Kansas within the Sixties. Commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, it was co-nominated by Berkeley Rep and the Goodman Theatre. The play is now in its world premiere at Berkeley Rep by way of Oct. 26, with productions to comply with at Oregon’s Portland Middle Stage in October, Chicago Goodman’s Theatre in January 2023, Kansas Metropolis Rep in March 2023, and Yale Rep in April 2023.  

Stated decide chair Sharon Washington in an announcement, “I used to be instantly struck by the poetry of Christina’s play. ‘I inherited the burden of water. The heaviness, the consequence of it — not the enjoyment.’ What do you do with goals that aren’t your individual? What’s your duty to the neighborhood? To your self? Her phrases circulation over and thru you, carrying us on a superbly sensory expertise that lingers lengthy after the final phrase is spoken. Utterly compelling.  Bravo!”

The celebration may also embrace the inaugural Horton Foote Prize Gratitude Reward, which can award a 501c3 nonprofit group that has a optimistic impression by way of the work of the theatre, as chosen by the honorary chair. The primary $10,000 reward will probably be awarded to Theatre Hole Initiative, a college-prep program for highschool grads planning to use for Bachelor of Nice Arts and conservatory packages. The intention is to award to a Black, Indigenous, or person-of-color pupil from an economically challenged background. Theatre Hole Initiative provides college students intensive coaching in performing, dance, and voice and steerage by way of the faculty utility course of. This system is being led by theatre educator Corey Mitchell.

Anderson was chosen based mostly on an inventive judges panel that included playwright Sharon Washington; creative director of New York Stage and Movie, Christopher Burney; scenic designer Wilson Chin; and freelance director and theatre advisor Seema Sueko.  

Anderson is a playwright, screenwriter, and educator, and was nominated for a 2022 Tony Award for co-writing the e-book of the Broadway musical Paradise Sq.. Different performs written by Anderson embrace How one can Catch Creation, pen/man/ship, Man in Love, and Good Items. Anderson’s work has appeared on the Goodman Theatre, the Public Theater, and Yale Repertory Theatre, amongst others. Choose awards embrace the 2021 Prince Prize, United States Artists Fellow, and the MacDowell Fellowship. Anderson has additionally taught playwriting at Rutgers College, Wesleyan College, David Geffen Faculty of Drama, and SUNY Buy School, and she or he served because the interim head of playwrighting at Brown College.  

The Horton Foote Prize is based and funded by the Greg and Mari Marchbanks Household Basis of Austin. 

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