Inaugurating its new playwrights’ fellowship program, the Lucille Lortel Foundation has handed out $50,000 to each of eight Gotham scribes.
Recipients are Melissa James Gibson (“[sic]”), David Greenspan (“She Stoops to Comedy”), Jessica Hagedorn (“Dogeaters”), Julia Jordan (“St. Scarlet”), Lisa Kron (“Well”), Lynn Nottage (“Intimate Apparel”), Dael Orlandersmith (“Yellowman”) and Adam Rapp (“Red Light Winter”).
Competition is limited to residents of the tristate area, and honorees were chosen based on excellence of past work, promise of future greatness and commitment to legit. Scribes can use the money however they want.
A panel that included Atlantic Theater a.d. Neil Pepe, Lincoln Center Theater dramaturg Anne Cataneo and scribes Paula Vogel and David Henry Hwang made the final selections from a pool of applicants.
The Lortel Foundation, endowed by the late philanthropist for whom an Off Broadway house is named, supports small-to-midsize theater companies and other orgs in the theatrical community.
New fellowship will be awarded every two years.