• 2017 Kesselring Prize Winner Lauren Yee has received the 2019 Whiting Award as an emerging writer in drama.
Her music filled play Cambodian Rock Band will have its New York stage premiere at the Signature Theater from February 14 to March 20, 2020.
• Kesselring Prize Judge Stephen Adly Guirgis’s new play Halfway Bitches Go Straight To Heaven is having its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company until January 5, 2020.
• 2015 Kesselring Prize Winner Lucas Hnath’s new play The Thin Place is running at Playwrights Horizons through January 26, 2020.
• We note the passing on November 28, 2019 of 1992 Kesselring Prize Winner and 2001 Tony nominated director Marion McClinton. Former Kesselring Prize Judge and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, who was a 2003 Kesselring Prize Honoree, noted on Twitter that Marion’s “nurturing spirit…touched a generation of theater artists like me, who are here because we walk into your footsteps.”
Arnold Davis, Inge Ivchenko, Colleen Katz, Charlotte Kent, Linda Selman, Ava Warbrick, Marguerite Yaghjian
Artistic Advisor: Michael Parva, Artistic Director of the Directors Company of New York
Pictured: 2019 Kesselring Prize Winner Inda Craig-Galvàn with special guest artists Danny Johnson, Jay Mayzyck, Heather Alicia Simms, Charles Browning, Jasmin Walker, Kim Yancey Moore, Joniece Abbott Pratt, and Scott Cohen
Kesselring Prize for playwriting was established in 1980 by Club member
Charlotte Kesselring – widow of noted playwright and Club member Joseph
Kesselring – to honor and support as yet not nationally recognized
playwrights with an honorarium and indirect support towards development
of their work. Among its past recipients are Lucas Hnath, Tony Kushner,
Nicky Silver and Anna Deavere Smith.
The Kesselring Prize Jury includes John Guare, best known as the author of The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Separation ,Lincoln Center Theater Dramaturg Anne Cattaneo, and award winning American playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning play Between Riverside and Crazy and for Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train.
The Prize is awarded annually and consists of a $25,000 honorarium to
each winner plus the opportunity for the winner to reside at the Club’s
historic landmark clubhouse to assist in development of their work.