'Chinglish' scribe scores $200,000 prize

Scribe David Henry Hwang has picked up the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, which comes with a hefty $200,000 check.

The annual honor, which alternates between a big award for well-established playwrights and smaller chunks of change for scribes at earlier stages in their careers, is one of the most lucrative on the legit scene. Hwang joins a roster of recipients that includes Tony Kushner and Lynn Nottage, who previously picked up the distinguished writer laurel, as well as earlier-career creatives Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park”) and Lisa D’Amour (“Detroit”).

Hwang’s play “Chinglish,” which the writer is currently adapting for the bigscreen, had a Broadway run last season. His resume also includes “M. Butterfly” (which bowed on Broadway in 1988), “Golden Child” and “Yellow Face,” as well as the books to Disney tuners “Aida” and “Tarzan.”

Hwang’s work will be seen Off Broadway this season at the Signature Theater, which will stage three of his shows including the world preem of his latest outing, “Kung Fu.” Playwright will receive the Steinberg check and trophy at an Oct. 29 ceremony.

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