Neil Wechsler nabs Yale Drama prize

Writer wins $10,000 prize for play 'Grenadine'

Scribe Neil Wechsler has picked up the Yale Drama Series Award for his play “Grenadine.”

Kudo, judged this year by Edward Albee, comes with a $10,000 cash prize, a reading of the play at Yale Rep and publication by Yale U. Press.

Storyline centers on a young man and three of his friends as the man looks for love.

Albee also judged the inaugural year of the Yale honor, awarding it to John Austin Connolly’s “The Boys from Siam.”

Judge for 2009 and 2010 will be David Hare, the Brit playwright (“Skylight,” “The Blue Room”) whose last play on Broadway was “The Vertical Hour.”

Albee, meanwhile, is drawing crowds Off Broadway, where the Signature Theater staging of his play “Occupant” has extended for a second time.

Sellouts are a regular event at Signature these days, thanks in large part to a subsidy that prices the majority of ducats at $20. Ticket price for the extension, now two weeks, is $65.

Show, starring Mercedes Ruehl as sculptor Louise Nevelson, closes July 13.

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