Lauren Yee Awarded $10,000 Francesca Primus Prize by ACTA
Writers Lab Member, Lauren Yee, has been awarded the 2016 Francesca Primus Prize for her play in a word. The award was established to recognize and support emerging women artists who are making a difference in the theater community in 1997 in memory of actress and critic Francesca Primus.
The play centers on the the grief of a couple at the disappearance of their seven-year-old adopted son, but it is equally about language. “To me, the funny and the painful go hand in hand,” Yee says. Her play was developed in readings on both coasts, had a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere and is published by Samuel French.
Yee is also a Dramatists Guild associate member and a Northwestern University playwriting module mentor. Previously she was a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer and playwright-in-residence at the Chance Theater and Second Stage Theatre. Theaters that have commissioned her plays include South Coast Rep, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Trinity Repertory Company, Portland Center Stage, Mixed Blood Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, the Goodman Theatre, and Encore Theatre Company. She received her BA in theater studies and English from Yale and her MFA in playwriting from the University of California San Diego. She has been honored with numerous awards and fellowships. Other plays include Ching Chong Chinaman, The Hatmaker’s Wife, Hookman, King of the Yees, and Samsara.