Aleshea Harris wins 2016 Relentless Award

10/26/2016 2:49pm

The American Playwriting Foundation (David Bar Katz, Exec Dir), established to make annual grants to new American plays, has selected Aleshea Harris for The 2016 Relentless Award, the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a play. Established in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater, this year’s Relentless Award winner is Is God Is, a revenge tale of twin sisters that takes its cues from the ancient, the modern, the tragic, the spaghetti Western, hip-hop and Afropunk. The play explores deviant morality, patricide, familial dysfunction and the perilous landscape of orphaned black girl/womanhood. Ms Harris will be awarded $45,000, and the play will receive an extensive national roll-out, with staged readings at some of the most esteemed theaters in the country. The Play Selection Committee was comprised Eric Bogosian, Thomas Bradshaw, David Bar Katz, Lynn Nottage, John Ortiz, Jonathan Marc Sherman & Lucy Thurber, who received and considered over 2,000 submissions. For more information, please visit www.americanplaywritingfoundation.org. Press contact: DKC/O&M (212/695-7400)...