THE RUBY PRIZE
Southern Rep is pleased to announce that a panel of judges has named playwright Kimber Lee as the 2014 Ruby Prize award winner for her play, brownsville song (b-side for tray). Two finalists, Hansol Jung (NO MORE SAD THINGS), and Jackie Sibblies Drury (REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY) were also named.
Staged readings of both the winner and two finalists’ work will be held as a part of THE NEW PLAY BACCHANAL program schedule, January 10 – 11, 2014 at the Marigny Opera House.
As the Ruby Prize winner, Lee will take home a $10,000 cash prize, a ten-day writer’s residency at Hedgebrook, and a workshop and reading of her play in New York City. As finalists, Jung and Drury will each receive roundtrip to New Orleans to attend the readings of their plays at THE NEW PLAY BACCHANAL.
The annual Ruby Prize award is named in honor of Ruby Bridges, who showed incredible perseverance in the face of formidable obstacles. The Ruby Prize seeks to support women playwrights of color whose work changes the voice of American theatre in the face of calcified producing practices.
ABOUT brownsville song (b-side for tray) AND KIMBER LEE:
brownsville song (b-side for tray), is about a family struggling to make peace in the aftermath of loss. Time moves in scattered rhythms, pivoting unpredictably between before and after, as the play follows each family member’s stumble through grief, finding one another, and fighting their way towards hope.
Kimber Lee’s plays include FIGHT, DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING, TOKYO FISH STORY AND brownsville song (b-side for tray). In 2014, Center Theatre Group will present the world premiere of DIFFERENT WORDS FOR THE SAME THING at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, directed by Neel Keller. Her work has also been presented by the Lark Play Development Center, Pay 73 Productions (Page 2 Workshop), Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Represent Playwrights Festival at ACT/Seattle, Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program, Theatre of the 1st Amendment/1st Light Program, Great Plains Theatre Conference (Mainstage), Southern Rep, and Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company. Her play FIGHT received the 2010 Holland New Voices Award, and she has been a Finalist for O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Ruby Prize (FIGHT), Soho Writer/Director Lab, and Premiere Stages Play Festival. Kimber is a 2012-2013 Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark, a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and the 2013-2014 recipient of the PoNY Fellowship. She received her MFA from UT Austin.
ABOUT NO MORE SAD THINGS AND HANSOL JUNG:
In NO MORE SAD THINGS: a girl catches a last-minute flight to Maui. A boy finds girl on the shores of Ka’anapali. Something strange and something familiar pulls them closer. They have sex on the beach. They are surprised. They spend the week together. Maybe they even fall in love. But eventually, girl catches the flight back home to Akron, Ohio. The girl is thirty-two. The boy is fifteen.
Hansol Jung is a playwright completing her final year at the Yale School of Drama. Her work has been developed at Asia Society New York, The Bushwick Starr, Lark Play Development Center, OD Musical Theater Company (Seoul), and the Yale Cabaret. Her works include NO MORE SAD THINGS, DIS/ORIENTED: ANTONIONI IN CHINA ((with Yin Mei and Bora Yoon), STILL MURKEY: A PLAY ABOUT A PLATYPUS, and CAT CLUB (with Paul Lieber, Tim Hassler, and Kate Tarker). She has translated over 30
American musicals into Korean, including EVITA, EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL, and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, while working with several awardwinning musical theater productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. Awards include Kennedy Center's Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award (AMONG THE DEAD) and the Pierre-Andre Salim Memorial Scholarship from Yale (2011-13). Hansol is Core Apprentice at The Playwrights’ Center and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
ABOUT REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY
and JACKIE SIBBLIES DRURY:
REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY is a play about grief, legacy and photography that asks about what we try to leave behind, what we actually leave behind, and how we deal with being left.
Jackie Sibblies Drury is a New York based playwright. Her Edgerton New Play Award winning play, WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION….had its world premiere production at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater, the New York premiere at Soho Rep., and the West Coast premiere at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles. WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION…be performed this upcoming season at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Available Light Theatre, Company One, Undermain Theatre, InterAct Theatre, and The Bush Theatre in London. Jackie’s plays have been developed at Sundance, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, A.C.T., The Soho Rep Writer/ Director Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, PRELUDE.11, The Civilians, The LARK, The Magic Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival and The MacDowell Colony. She is a graduate of Brown’s MFA playwriting program, where she was awarded the David Wickham Prize in Playwriting. Jackie received the 2012-2013 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, is the inaugural recipient of the The Lark’s 2012-2014 Jerome Fellowship, and was recently awarded the Stavis Playwriting Award from the National Theater Conference.
photo credit: Sebastian Venaut
Past Winner & Finalists:
2012: Winner: MERIT by Lenelle Moïse // Finalists: YOU FOR ME FOR YOU by Mia Chung, TAKARAZUKA!!! by Susan Soon He Stanton
2011: Winner: RAMP by Eisa Davis // Finalists: AFRICAN AMERICANS by Jocelyn Bioh, HURT VILLAGE by Katori Hall, FIGHT by Kimber Lee, MALA HIERBA by Tanya Saracho|
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ABOUT SOUTHERN REP
Southern Rep Theatre enters its 27th season as the region's premiere professional theatre, producing bold world and regional premieres under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes. In addition to Southern Rep's ongoing commitment to new play development with exciting Lagniappe programs like DEBAUCHERY!, 6X6 and 3X3 Playlabs and Pints and Plays, the company's Mainstage Season work includes the best of Broadway, off-Broadway and classic plays. The company has also instituted The Ruby Prize, a new play award named in honor of civil rights veteran Ruby Bridges that is awarded every year to
one women of color playwright at Southern Rep's THE NEW PLAY BACCHANAL. The Mainstage Season includes 33 VARIATIONS, PRIDE & PREJUDICE, the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of THE TOTALITARIANS, and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA.
Southern Rep continues to show that it is staging the most important, challenging, and downright mesmerizing pieces of theater New Orleans audiences are graced to experience.
- Theodore P. Mahne, TheTimes-Picayune Lagniappe