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Playwright Kimber Lee Scores Lark Fellowship

Writer snags bounty that includes a year in a midtown apartment, living stipend

The Lark Play Development Center and Playwrights of New York have awarded the 2013-14 Playwrights of New York fellowship to Kimber Lee, who nabs one of the heftiest legit development awards out there, including a year of rent-free housing in Gotham’s theater district.

Lark and PONY have a solid track record in recognizing rising talents on their way to hitting it big. Among the scribes tapped in the past for the fellowship are Katori Hall, whose play “The Mountaintop” eventually played Broadway with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, and Samuel D. Hunter, who won raves earlier this season from Playwrights Horizons’ Off Broadway production of his play “The Whale.”

Lee, a grad of the MFA Playwriting Program at U. of Texas at Austin, has penned plays including “Fight” and “Different Words for the Same Thing.” Her work has been developed or produced by orgs including Page 73, the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program and the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.

In addition to the year of housing starting in October, Lee will receive a stipend for living expenses plus health insurance and creative support from Lark’s Playwrights Workshop with a team of advisors including Lynn Nottage and David Henry Hwang. Total award package is valued at some $100,000.

The PONY Fellowship was founded in 2007 by Sandi Goff Farkas and the Lark. Lee will move into the apartment currently inhabited by the 2012-13 fellow, Dominique Morriseau, whose play “Detroit ’67” got a production this season at Off Broadway’s Public Theater.

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