Amy Herzog Wins Whiting Award

by Jacob Coakley
Amy Herzog received $50,000 from the Whiting Foundation for her playwriting.
Amy Herzog received $50,000 from the Whiting Foundation for her playwriting.

The Whiting Foundation annually awards $50,000 (each) to early-career writers. This year the Foundation has honored Amy Herzog, author of After the Revolution and 4,000 Miles. More info from the Whiting Foundation website below.

 

The awards, now $50,000 each, have been given annually since 1985 to writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career. The program has awarded more than $6 million to 270 poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, and playwrights. Among the past recipients who have gone on to achieve acclaim and prominence in their field are Jeffrey Eugenides, Yiyun Li, Tony Kushner, Jonathan Franzen, Lisa Shea, Michael Cunningham, Mary Karr, Allegra Goodman, Wayne Koestenbaum, Rajiv Joseph and Terrance Hayes.

Two of Amy Herzog’s plays, After the Revolution and 4,000 Miles, mine material about her Marxist grandparents. The former was produced at the Williamstown Theater Festival and Playwrights Horizons and the latter by Lincoln Center’s LCT3 and will be produced a second time at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre in the spring of 2012. Of these two plays, the Whiting selectors said, “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.” After the Revolution won a Lillian Hellman award and was named one of the ten best plays of 2010-2011 in the Annual Best Plays Theater Yearbook. She is currently in production at the Yale Repertory Theater with her new play, Belleville, which opens October 27th. Born in Highland Park, New Jersey, she has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from Yale. Ms. Herzog is an alumna of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theater’s workshop, and was the 2010 Playwright in Residence at Ars Nova. She currently teaches playwriting at Yale and lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

For more info about the Whiting Awards, please visit http://www.whitingfoundation.org