Susan Smith Blackburn Prize reveals 2022 finalists
The shortlist includes 5 playwrights from the UK and Ireland
The finalists for the 2022 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize – the largest international award for women, transgender, and non-binary playwrights – have now been officially announced.
Chosen from over 160 submitted plays, the ten finalists are:
Chiara Atik (US) – Poor Clare
Daniella De Jesús (US) – Get Your Pink Hands Off Me Sucka and Give Me Back (FKA Columbus Play)
Sarah Hanly (Ireland) – Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks
Zora Howard (US) – BUST
Sonya Kelly (Ireland) – The Last Return
Benedict Lombe (UK) – Lava
Joanna Murray-Smith (AU) – Berlin
Kae Tempest (UK) – Paradise
Lauren Whitehead (US) – The Play Which Raises the Question of What Happened in/to Low Income Black Communities between 1974 and 2004 and Hints at Why Mass Incarceration is Perhaps a Man-Made Disease and Highlights the Government's General Lack of Empathy for Poor People of Color and Dispels the Notion that Our Condition is Our Fault and Helps Make Visible Why We Riot When We Mourn and also Tells the Story of Anita Freeman and her Kids
Amanda Wilkin (UK) – Shedding a Skin
The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize, as well as a signed print by Willem de Kooning. In addition, each of the finalists will be awarded $5,000.
This year the judges are actor/writer/producer Adjoa Andoh, playwright Luis Alfaro, writer/director Justin Audibert, lighting designer Paule Constable, actor Saidah Arrika Ekulona and director/actor/musician Whitney White.
Leslie Swackhamer, executive director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, commented: "This has been a phenomenal year for new voices in playwriting. Two of our finalists are debut plays, and nine are first-time finalists for this Prize. All of the plays are highly theatrical and probe the burning issues of our times."
Previous prize winners have included Lynn Nottage's Sweat, Annie Baker's The Flick and Caryl Churchill's Fen.
The winner will be revealed in April.