Park Slope Playwright Amy Herzog Earns $50k Writers’ Award

10/27/2011 10:37 AM |

(Courtesy Amy Herzog, via)
  • (Courtesy Amy Herzog, via)

The New Jersey-born and Park Slope-based playwright Amy Herzog (no relation to Werner), whose most recent productions in New York were this summer’s 4,000 Miles with Lincoln Center Theater and last winter’s After the Revolution with Playwrights Horizons—both very favorably Times-reviewed—is one of two New York-based recipients of the $50,000 Whiting Writers’ Award for 2011 (along with Manhattan novelist Teddy Wayne).

The Whiting Writers’ Awards, which are given out annually by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation to early career writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays, were first awarded in 1985. Past recipients have included Jeffrey Eugenides, Tony Kushner, Jonathan Franzen, Lisa Shea, Wayne Koestenbaum and over 250 others.

Of 33-year-old Herzog’s plays—which draw partly on her grandparents’s past as outspoken communists—the Daily News reports, the Whiting judges had this to say:

The relationships are authentic, difficult, complex, funny, frustrating, real. Here is a voice of her generation, generous about, if somewhat skeptical of, the passionate political debate that fueled meaning in her grandparents’ lives.

Herzog’s latest, Belleville, is currently having its premiere production at her alma mater, Yale Repertory Theatre, where it opens today. It continues there through November 12, should you find yourself in New Haven—or you can wait for it to be picked up by a New York company, as it most likely will be.

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