Norris, Adjmi, McCraney pick up prizes

Scribes Bruce Norris, David Adjmi and Tarell Alvin McCraney have picked up the 2009 Steinberg Playwright Awards.

Norris scores a $50,000 cash prize for his existing body of work and for notable potential, while Adjmi and McCraney, singled out as promising new voices, get $25,000 each.

This the second year for the Steinberg prize, which alternates on a yearly basis between a distinguished playwright award of a whopping $200,000 (which went to Tony Kushner last year) and the playwright kudos (totaling $100,000) for emerging and early-career scribes.

Norris’ play “The Pain and the Itch” bowed at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater in 2004 before getting a well-received 2006 staging at Playwrights Horizons, which will preem his new play “Clybourne Park” later this season.

Adjmi, who this year also picked up the Kesselring Prize and the Bush Artists Fellowship, penned “Stunning,” which had a recent run as part of Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3 program. McCraney (“Wig Out!”), another frequent laurel-winner, is repped in Gotham this season with the Public Theater’s production of his trilogy “The Brother/Sister Plays.”

Recipients were selected by a committee that includes artistic directors Andre Bishop (LCT), David Emmes (South Coast Rep), Oskar Eustis (the Public), Martha Lavey (Steppenwolf) and Marc Masterson (Actors Theater of Louisville). Also in the group were scribe Eduardo Machado and Polly K. Carl, who recently joined the Steppenwolf as director of artistic development.

Award, established by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, will be handed out Oct. 26 at LCT’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.

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