Williamstown lauds ‘Said’ scribe

Lin will receive $10,000 prize, publication, reading

Playwright Kenneth Lin has won the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, presented annually by the Williamstown Theater Festival for a play that has not been published or produced.

“…,’ said Said” centers on Nobel Prize-winning poet Andre Said (pronounced Sah-EED) and his daughter, Sarah, who are interrupted by a mysterious visitor who can call the past back to life. Buried in the etchings of an ancient language, the agonies of Said’s early years as a political prisoner in Algeria are unearthed in a confrontation with his former captor.

Play is skedded for a spring run at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.

Prize includes publication by Samuel French, a reading at Williamstown this summer and $10,000 for the scribe. The award will be presented to Lin at an event in Williamstown, Mass., connected with the reading.

Lin, a graduate of Yale School of Drama, has had plays commissioned by South Coast Repertory, the Flea Theater and the New Group.

The Weissberger Award, which has been given annually since 1988, honors noted theatrical attorney and avid theater supporter L. Arnold Weissberger.

The nominated scripts were narrowed to five finalists, and the winner was chosen by a panel including helmer Christopher Ashley, thesp-playwright Ellen McLaughlin and playwright John Guare.

“…,’ said Said” was nominated by Arena Stage in Washington.

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