Playwright award comes with cash prize
Lisa D’Amour and Melissa James Gibson have scored the Steinberg Playwright Award.Presenters of the kudo, nicknamed the Mimi and now in its fourth year, alternate between bestowing it upon a single high-profile playwright and handing out multiple honors to up-and-comers. Last year Lynn Nottage (“Ruined”) won the distinguished scribe prize. D’Amour and Gibson each get a cash prize of $50,000. D’Amour’s play “Detroit” was seen in a well-received Chicago production in 2010, and a team of commercial producers has announced they would bring the play to Broadway (although no ETA has been set). Her play “The Cataract” got a run a few seasons ago at the Women’s Project, and the scribe’s collaborative, site-specific work “How to Build a Forest” had a Gotham stint in June. Gibson logged a 2009 hit with “This” at Playwrights Horizons. Others credits include “[sic],” “Suitcase, or Those That Resemble Flies From a Distance” and “Current Nobody.” Selections were made by a team of legiters including Oskar Eustis, Todd London and Lynne Meadow.