Barbara Seyda wins $10,000 Yale Drama Series Prize

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — A writer, editor, photographer and designer based in Tucson, Arizona, has won the ninth Yale Drama Series Prize with her debut play based on the true story of a slave who killed her master in 1855.

Barbara Seyda's "Celia, a Slave: 26 Characters Testify," won the award Wednesday and $10,000. It will be published by Yale University Press and there will be a staged reading at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater.

This year's runner-ups are Craig Thornton for "The High Cost of Heating" and Abe Koogler for "Kill Floor." There were 1,478 entries from 47 countries.

The Yale Drama Series Prize is given out annually for a play by an emerging playwright, picked by an established writer. This year's judge was British playwright Nicholas Wright.