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Yale Drama honors Ya-Chu Cowhig

David Hare served as this year's judge

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig has picked up the Yale Drama Series Award for Playwriting for her play “Lidless.”

David Hare (“Stuff Happens”) served as this year’s judge for the prize, which comes with a $10,000 cash award, a staged reading of the work at Yale Rep in September and publication of the play by Yale University Press.

“Lidless” centers on a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who seeks out his interrogator 15 years later to demand half of her liver. Cowhig will receive her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the U. of Texas in the spring.

Runners-up for the 2009 prize are “The Danger of Bleeding Brown” by Enrique Urueta and “Hell Money” by Ruth McKee.

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