The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History will award $100,000 and other prizes to the winning play.
The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History will award $100,000 and other prizes to the winning play.

The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History will award $100,000 and other prizes to the winning play.

Columbia University Libraries has announced the finalists for the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History. The winner will be announced February 22. The finalists are: All the Way, written by Robert Schenkkan and produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon; The Body of an American, written by Dan O’Brien and produced at the Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon; Hurt Village, written by Katori Hall and produced at the Signature Theater, New York; Party People, written by UNIVERSES and produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon; and Rapture, Blister, Burn, written by Gina Gionfriddo and produced at Playwrights Horizons, New York.

Finalists Announced for the First Ever Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History

NEW YORK, December 11, 2012 — Columbia University Libraries, on behalf of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, has announced the five finalist plays for works produced for the first time in 2012. The Prize was established in 2012 and these are the first group of finalists to be named by the Prize Board. They are:

·                     All the Way, written by Robert Schenkkan and produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

·                     The Body of an American, written by Dan O’Brien and produced at the Portland Center Stage in Portland, Oregon

·                     Hurt Village, written by Katori Hall and produced at the Signature Theater, New York

·                     Party People, written by UNIVERSES and produced at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon

·                     Rapture, Blister, Burn, written by Gina Gionfriddo and produced at Playwrights Horizons, New York

The Edward M. Kennedy Prize is given annually to a new play or musical of merit that, in the words of the prize’s mission statement, “…enlists theater’s power to explore the past of the United States, to participate meaningfully in the great issues of our day through the public conversation, grounded in historical understanding, that is essential to the functioning of a democracy.”

Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith created the prize to honor the life and legacy of her late brother, Senator Ted Kennedy. Finalists were selected through nominations from a group of 20 theater professionals around the country. The jury will meet at Columbia in early February 2013. The first recipient of the prize will be announced on his birthday, February 22. The winning play will receive an award of $100,000, and will be honored in a ceremony at Columbia on March 4.

About Columbia University

Among the world’s leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York continually seeks to advance the frontiers of scholarship and foster a campus community deeply engaged in understanding and confronting the complex issues of our time through teaching, research, patient care and public service. The University is comprised of 16 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, and four affiliated colleges and seminaries in Northern Manhattan, as well as a wide array of research institutes and global centers located in major cities around the world. More than 40,000 accomplished students, award-winning faculty and professional staff define the University’s underlying values and commitment to pursuing new knowledge and educating informed, engaged citizens. Founded in 1754 as King’s College, Columbia is the fifth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.



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