A Pair of Plays Guided by the Spirit of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Selected from over 2000 entries: The Wolves and Dance Nation.

RelentlessAwardPSHAs the year draws to a close, playwrights Clare Barron and Sarah DeLappe are in the midst of some significant artistic work. In case you missed it, the pair were chosen this year from more than 2,000 entries as co-winners of the first annual Relentless Award, a prize created in honor of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman by his close friend David Bar Katz.

From a recent New York Times “ArtsBeat” item:

“We had so many discussions over the years of how tough it is on playwrights, and how difficult to survive,” Mr. Katz said. “We’d sit and talk about it in Keens chophouse, and on the walls they have all those fliers from theaters in the 1800s, but playwrights couldn’t afford to come here now, and Phil said it would be nice if a playwright could afford a steak, and make a living.”

“Each one of these plays does something that I haven’t seen before — there’s some technique used, some use of time, character, that is unusual,” said Bar Katz.

DeLappe’s play, The Wolves, concerns a girls soccer team, while Barron’s script Dance Nation involves teen dancers. Both writers also happen to be Class of 2016 Master’s in Fine Arts students at Brooklyn College.

The pair are splitting a $45,000 cash prize. They are also going to benefit from a week-long retreat at an organic farm in upstate New York, where their plays will be given staged readings and worked on by members of the professional theater community.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Bogus National Enquirer Story Begets $45,000 Writing Prize
Specter of Philip Seymour Hoffman Looms Over National Enquirer NYC Relocation
[Image via: The American Playwriting Foundation]