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Payne takes prize

British scribe wins Pinter award

LONDON — Brit scribe-on-the-rise Nick Payne, whose hit “Constellations” transfers to the West End in November, has won the second annual Harold Pinter Playwright’s Award, which supports a new commission at London’s Royal Court.

Payne previously won the George Devine Award in 2009 with his play “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet,” which was originally produced at the Bush Theater in 2009. It will be produced in the fall by Gotham’s Roundabout Theater Company in a staging that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Brian F. O’Byrne, with perfs starting Aug. 24.

Payne was a member of the Royal Court Young Writers Program. He is under commission there, at London’s Donmar Warehouse and at NeW York’s nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club.

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