Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Miamian whose young play-writing career has been widely celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, has just become one of three inaugural recipients of the Steinberg Playwright Awards. The international writer in residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company, he's being honored as a playwright whose works show great promise, something also recognized by the New York Times when it named McCraney winner of its first Outstanding Playwright Award last spring.
The Steinberg Award, which also goes to playwrights David Adjmi and Bruce Norris, bestows total cash prizes of $100,000. McCraney and Adjmi will receive $25,000 each, with the rest going to Norris. The awards to early-career playwrights will alternate every year with the $250,000 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award, which last year went to Angels in Americaauthor Tony Kushner, who announced this years winners today.
McCraney and his fellow winners will receive their prizes and the "Mimi," a statue designed by Tony-nominated set designer David Rockwell, on Oct. 26 at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The ceremony comes during the Oct. 21-Dec. 13 run of McCraney's Brother/Sister Plays -- In the Red and Brown Water, The Brothers Size and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet -- at New York's Public Theater.
Congrats -- again -- to a writer whose increasingly famous work has yet to be seen in his hometown.