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Playwright Tena Stivicic Wins Blackburn Prize for Family Saga ‘3 Winters’

Playwright Tena Stivicic Wins Blackburn Prize for Family Saga '3 Winters'

Tena Stivicic’s “3 Winters,” a family saga that traces the lives of women across four generations, has received this year’s Blackburn Prize

Set in Zagreb, Croatia, the play explores how its characters cope — or can’t cope — with political turbulence and war in their rapidly modernizing homeland. “3 Winters” opened last December in London’s National Theater. 

The Houston-based Susan Smith Blackburn Prize is awarded annually to English-language theater works of outstanding quality. It is the oldest and most prestigious prize for female playwrights. Stivicic will receive $25,000 and a numbered print by Willem de Kooning.

Here are this year’s 11 other finalists, who will receive $5,000 each. 

Lisa D’Amour (U.S.) – Airline Highway

Alice Birch (U.K.) –  Revolt. She said. Revolt again. 

Alecky Blythe (U.K.) – Little Revolution

Clare Barron (U.S.) – You Got Older 

Clara Brennan (U.K.) – Spine

Katherine Chandler (U.K.) – Parallel Lines

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig (U.S.) – The World of Extreme Happiness

Lindsey Ferrentino (U.S.) – Ugly Lies the Bone 

Zodwa Nyoni (U.K.) – Boi Boi Is Dead

Heidi Schreck (U.S.) – Grand Concourse

Ruby Rae Spiegel (U.S.) – Dry Land

[via NY Times]

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