2014 Winners

Congratulations to our 2014 winners! We are so proud of all the women, from Humbolt to San Diego, who submitted. We were delighted by the talent in this state, and we look forward to reading even more next year.

We wish to thank our incredible team who donated their time and talents to the Prize.
Judges: Jeanie Hackett, Jane Kaczmarek, Kamala Lopez-Dawson, Ellen Sandler
Director/Dramaturg: Ellen Sandler

First Prize: 20 FRIENDS by Michelle Carter. Plot Summary: Phyllis moved from one sugar daddy to the next. Now she’s 65, a chain-smoking agoraphobe, and she’s been evicted. Her estranged daughter, Kathleen, agrees to help. Kathleen pitches TV pilot ideas to her producer ex, Richard, hoping to sell him on a show and support Phyllis.

Second Prize: NIGHT BECOMES DAY by Shawna Casey. This dark comedy follows a mother’s struggle to hold on to her two grown sons in Culver City, California.

Third Place: THE SEER & THE WITCH by Jennifer Lane

About the Playwrights


michelleMichelle has twice received the PEN USA Award in Drama (2012, 2003). Awards: Susan Glaspell, PEN West, Backstage West’s Garland; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination; Kesselring Prize nomination. Residencies: Berkeley Rep, Donmar Warehouse in London, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, et al. Her plays have been produced and developed at the Moscow Art Theater, Centenary Stage Company; the Kirk Douglas, Asolo Repertory, Clurman, Abingdon, and Aurora theaters. Festivals: Women’s Playwriting, Unplugged, New York Summer Play, Grimeborn Opera in London, and the New Work Festival at the Kirk Douglas. Music dance theater projects: DREAMSPIEL, an opera with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain: Arcola Theatre, London. AFTER ALL, Part I, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. THE LUCKY ONE, Ground Floor Residency, Berkeley Rep and Shotgun Players. She has published plays with Dramatic Publishing, a novel with Penguin Books, and is a professor at San Francisco State University. Visit her faculty page.


shawnaShawna is a playwright and award-winning actress. NIGHT BECOMES DAY received special notice from the 2013 Eugene O’Neill competition. Ms. Casey’s other works include STRONG FORCE, a finalist in the Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project 2013 competition; THE AEGEAN, produced by Padua Hills Playwrights; SAP and ANIMAL STYLE at the Lost Studio in Los Angeles; BLUEBIRD, produced by Theatre of N.O.T.E.. Ms. Casey received her MFA in Playwriting at Spalding University in Louisville. She teaches playwriting to young adults at the Virginia Avenue Project, where she serves as a mentor, actor, director, and playwright. She and husband Jack Kehler live in Los Angeles. Web: Shawna Casey


jennyJenny’s work has been presented at or developed by: terraNOVA Collective, Sightline Theatre Company, Artistic New Directions, IRT, Bridge Theatre Company, 3LD Art & Technology Center, Theatre 54, Columbia Stages; Manhattan Shakespeare Theater, NYCPlaywrights, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, et al. THE SEER & THE WITCH was developed in the Groundbreakers Playwriting Group at terraNOVA and a semi-finalist of the O’Neill Playwriting Conference. Other works include HARLOWE (developed under mentorship of Sarah Ruhl); PSYCHOMACHIA (Gatsby Grant recipient); THE WOULD-BE ROOM, et al. Jenny graduated from Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence.  Web: Jenny Lane

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