Katori Hall has picked up the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honoring English-language plays by female scribes.
Hall scored the kudo for “Hurt Village,” which centers on a housing project and a young African-American soldier returning home from Iraq.
A production of Hall’s Olivier-winning play “The Mountaintop” is aiming to land on Broadway with a starry cast next season.
Award comes with a check for $20,000, as well as a signed and numbered print by Willem de Kooning.
The 10 finalists for the award this year included Lisa D’Amour (for Broadway-bound “Detroit”), Lisa Kron (“In the Wake”) and Anne Washburn (“Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play”).
The 2010 panel of judges included Flea Theater a.d. Jim Simpson, actor-helmer Judith Ivey, director Anne Kauffman, thesp Helen McCrory, Brit critic-writer Georgina Brown and Stephen Unwin, a.d. of the U.K.’s Rose Theater. The 33-year-old Blackburn Prize has previously honored writers including Caryl Churchill, Beth Henley, Sarah Ruhl and Paula Vogel.