Writer honored for 'Wide Night'

Chloe Moss has picked up the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play “This Wide Night.”

The Blackburn award, which comes with a cash prize of $20,000, is handed out annually to honor English-language legit fare penned by female scribes.

British playwright Moss wrote “Wide Night” for Clean Break, a U.K. program that works with women affected by the criminal justice system. Storyline of the show, which played at London’s Soho Theater last year and went on to tour the U.K., centers on two women struggling to rebuild their lives after stints in prison.

Meanwhile, Lucinda Coxon picked up a Blackburn commendation and $5,000 for her play “Happy Now?” about a London woman juggling the demands of professional and family life. “Happy Now?” had a run at the National Theater in London and has played Yale Rep.

Also nommed for the prize were Elizabeth Meriwether’s “Oliver!” and Lynn Nottage’s “Ruined,” among others.

Sigourney Weaver, one of the judges for the prize this year, presented the awards in a London ceremony Wednesday night. Edward Albee and Emily Mann also were among the legiters on the panel that selected the winners.

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