'Pilgrims' honored in regional premiere

Yussef El Guindi has picked up the 2012 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for his play “Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World.”

Kudo, which comes with a $25,000 check, was handed out during an industry weekend event at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville, Ky.

Award, presented by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and the American Theater Critics Assn., honors American scripts that premiere at professional theaters outside of Gotham.

“Pilgrims Musa and Sheri,” a romantic comedy about an Egyptian immigrant and an American waitress, premiered in June at ACT in Seattle.

Two citations, which each come with a cash prize of $7,500, also were handed out during the ceremony, one to Ken LaZebnik for his autism tale “On the Spectrum” and one to A. Rey Pamatmat for “Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them,” about a makeshift family of adolescents.

“Spectrum” bowed in November at Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theater, while “Edith” had a rolling premiere last year at Humana and in subsequent stagings in Florida and Atlanta.

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