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Oct 7, 2014 5:29 PM

Playwrights Parks, O'Brien get Horton Foote Prize

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks and Dan O'Brien were each awarded the Horton Foote Prize for excellence in American theater for plays that explore war and what conflict does to us.

Parks' trilogy "Father Comes Home from the Wars" was named the best promising new American play and O'Brien's "The Body of an American" was named outstanding new American play.

Each winning playwright received $15,000 during a ceremony Monday at The Lotos Club on Manhattan's Upper East Side attended by Foote's children.

Fifty-eight resident U.S. theaters were invited to nominate a play and six finalists went to judges. The awards are presented every two years.

"The Body of an American" will be presented at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia beginning Jan. 7. Parks' play starts performances Oct. 14 at the Public Theater.


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