Horton Foote Prize Goes to 2 Playwrights
Mr. Harrison won the outstanding new play award for “Marjorie Prime,” which was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist and a New York Times Critics’ Pick when it arrived at Playwrights Horizons last fall. The play centers on an 85-year-old woman, portrayed by Lois Smith in last year’s production, who confronts memory loss through storytelling and artificial intelligence. In his review for The Times, Ben Brantley called it “elegant, thoughtful and quietly unsettling,” adding, “this production keeps developing in your head, like a photographic negative, long after you’ve seen it.”
Mr. Dohrn received the promising new play prize for “The Profane,” which will have its premiere at Playwrights Horizons in March. The play follows a romance that develops amid differing cultural and familial values.
The prize comes with $20,000 for each playwright and is named after the Pulitzer-winning playwright who died in 2009. (A production of Foote’s play “The Roads to Home” starts previews at Primary Stages on Wednesday.) The judges were the actress Stockard Channing; a Vineyard Theater artistic director, Sarah Stern; the playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer; and the director Victor Maog.