DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE AND NAOMI WALLACE
NAMED 2012 RECIPIENTS OF
THE HORTON FOOTE PRIZE
PRIVATE RECEPTION TO HONOR RECIPIENTS
TO BE HELD MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
New York, NY (9/4/12) – Mari Marchbanks (Founder and Executive Director) announced today the 2012 recipients of the Horton Foote Prize, named in honor of the legendary writer, to award excellence in American Theater. Presented biennially, the 2012 Prize for the 2010-11/2011-12 seasons Outstanding New American Play is awarded to Good People by David Lindsay-Abaire. The 2012 Prize for Promising New American Play is awarded to The Liquid Plain by Naomi Wallace.
Mr. Lindsay-Abaire and Ms. Wallace will be honored at a private reception on Monday, October 1st at The Lotos Club in New York City. To celebrate their exceptional contributions to American Theater, each playwright will be presented with $15,000 and a limited edition of Keith Carter’s iconic photograph of Horton Foote. (In the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.)
Mr. Lindsay-Abaire and Ms. Wallace were nominated by Manhattan Theatre Club and Oregon Shakespeare Festivalrespectively. 55 resident theaters throughout the country, all with a strong history for producing new work, were invited to submit a produced or unproduced play for consideration. With produced works, its premiere production must have occurred after January 1, 2010 and no later than June 30, 2012. (Eligibility dates reflect an ongoing shift by the Prize to award by theater season, rather than by year.)Nominated playwrights must be the author of a minimum of four original full-length plays which have been fully produced by professional theaters.