Friday, December 09, 2005

Ken Lin's play about past deeds wins WTF's Weissberger award

The Williamstown Theatre Festival announced on Wednesday that playwright Kenneth lin has won a $10,000 prize for his play with an odd name -- .," said Said. The L. Arnold Weissberger Award for playwriting, which brings the money, guaranteed publication by Samuel French and a reading during next summer's festival. The period, the comma and the quotation marks are all part of the title of the play. The play is about a Nobel Prize-winning poet named Andre Said and a mysterious visitor who interrupts his life with his daughter Sarah and brings to the fore his agony in the past as an Algerian political prisoner. It"explores the tension between the deeds of one's past and present," accord to a review in Playbill. Buried in the etchings of an ancient language, the agonies of Said's early years as a political prisoner in Algeria are unearthed in a climactic confrontation with his former captor. .," said Said is already set for production at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Playwrigh!
t John Guare was a member of the selection panel.


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