Finalists named for Blackburn

Metzler, George make the list

Molly Smith Metzler, Madeleine George and Zinnie Harris are among the distaff scribes to be named finalists for the 2011-12 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Award honors English-language plays penned by women, with last year’s kudo going to “The Mountaintop” scribe Katori Hall for “Hurt Village,” the play that will soon have its world preem at Off Broadway’s Signature Theater.

Metzler is a finalist for “Close Up Space,” which just finished a run at Manhattan Theater Club, while George is tapped for “Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England,” a play that bowed late last year at New Jersey’s Two River Theater. Also among the U.S. scribes up for the award are Johnna Adams for “Gideon’s Knot,” Jennifer Haley for “The Nether” and Meg Miroshnik for “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls.”

Brit writer Harris is up for “The Wheel,” which had a run last year at the National Theater of Scotland. Fellow trans-Atlantic nominees include Alice Birch for “Many Moons,” Nancy Harris for “No Romance,” Jaki McCarrick for “Belfast Girls” and Alexis Zegerman for “The Steingolds.”

Judges for the this year’s award include Frances McDormand, Imogen Stubbs, Steppenwolf Theater a.d. Martha Lavey and legit critic and writer Randy Gener. Winner will be announced at a London ceremony Feb. 28.

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