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McCraney wins Kendeda prize

Writer wins graduate playwriting competition

Up-and-coming legit writer Tarell Alvin McCraney has another award for his mantle, and he’s not even out of grad school yet.

Currently in his third year at Yale’s MFA playwriting program, McCraney just won the fourth annual Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. Scribe, whose play “The Brothers Size” attracted attention during the Under the Radar fest in Gotham last month, was awarded the inaugural Paula Vogel Playwriting Award from Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater Jan. 29.

Kendeda prize is administered by Atlanta’s Alliance Theater, which will produce McCraney’s winning play, “In the Red and Brown Water,” after a workshop this year at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a partner in the Kendeda competish.

“Water” follows a young woman, torn between pursuing her athletic talents and caring for her sick mother, who falls in love with a soldier.

Last year’s Kendeda winner was Darren M. Canady’s “False Creeds,” currently playing at the Alliance in a production helmed by O’Neill a.d. Wendy Goldberg.

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