Timely Play Chosen as Winner of The Woodward International Playwriting Prize
Every four years, the University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance, in conjunction with “Cultural Stages: The Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative,” is honored to select a brand new play to be presented as a part of its Main Stage Season. After receiving over 250 prospective plays, the selection committee has finally chosen the winning play, which is to be presented as a part of the 2017/2018 Season.
The 2017 Woodward International Playwriting Prize goes to The Bone Bridge, by Trina Davies. The Bone Bridge explores what happens when the unimaginable has been made real. The play visits individual people of all kinds and creeds that are trying to rebuild their lives after a deeply traumatic war. This timely play takes a hard look at an event that mars history, when home and country were lost, neighbor turned on neighbor, and begs the question, is healing and recovery even possible?
Trina Davies is an award winning playwright based in Vancouver Canada. Her plays have been performed across Canada and in a number of other countries including the United States, Germany, Italy, and India. Her work has been translated into Italian and German. UNH Theatre & Dance is proud to produce her play as part of its “Cultural Stages” program.
The purpose of “Cultural Stages: The Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative” is to promote a deeper understanding of international cultures through visiting playwrights and a competition for plays addressing relevant themes, resulting in a full production of the play at UNH.
The 2017 Prize first runner-up is Hotel Jerusalem by David Swanson. Second runner-up is Honor Killing by Sarah Bierstock and third runner-up is Immaculate Payasam by Madhuri Shekar. For a full list of the finalists and winners, and for more information about Cultural Stages: The Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative, visit http://cola.unh.edu/theatre-dance/special-programs.