Playwrights Rajiv Joseph, David Adjmi awarded

Playwrights Rajiv Joseph and David Adjmi have scored the 2009 Kesselring Fellowship, the award formerly known as the Kesselring Prize handed out annually to emerging legit scribes.

Joseph, whose play “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” gets a run later this season at the Mark Taper Forum, and Adjmi, whose show “Stunning” bows at LCT3 in June, will each receive $7500 plus $14,000 worth of play development, including a residency and workshop at the Orchard Project, a summer developmental conference in the Catskills.

Jenny Schwartz (“God’s Ear”) and Tarell Alvin McCraney (“The Brothers Size”) were named Kesselring Honorees, getting $1500 each plus $2000 worth of play development.

Kesselring Fellowship is administered by the National Arts Club (which initiated the prize in 1980) and theater company The Exchange, which operates the Orchard Project.

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