(Patrick Healy’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/3.)
The playwrights Dan O’Brien and Suzan-Lori Parks are the 2014 recipients of the Horton Foote Prize, given every other year to honor excellence in American theater. The prize committee announced on Wednesday that Mr. O’Brien’s “The Body of an American” received the award for outstanding new American play, while “Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)” by Ms. Parks was selected for promising new American play.
“The Body of an American,” which had its world premiere at Portland Center Stage in 2012, is a documentary-like drama about war reporting that featured Mr. O’Brien as a character as he develops a bond with the play’s focal point, Paul Watson, a photojournalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for a 1993 picture of a dead Army Ranger being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. The play is scheduled to run at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia this winter; there are no current plans for the play to have a production in New York.