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The 2017 Kesselring Prize Award Ceremony Honoring Lauren Yee

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Reading and Awards at 4:00 PM
Gala Cocktail Reception to follow from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

The Kesselring Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 Kesselring Prize for playwriting has been awarded to Lauren Yee, who was nominated by the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. As this year’s Kesselring Prize winner, Lauren will receive $25,000 plus the opportunity to reside for two (2) weeks in the historic landmark clubhouse of The National Arts Club in order to develop her work.

Lauren was previously a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, and a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab. Her nominated play The Great Leap will be produced this season at the Atlantic Theatre Company.

The Kesselring Prize was established in 1980 at the Club by Charlotte Kesselring – widow of playwright Joseph Kesselring – to honor and support as yet not nationally recognized playwrights with an honorarium and indirect support towards development of their work. Among its past recipients are Lucas Hnath, whose Tony nominated play A Doll’s House Part 2 is currently running on Broadway, Tony Kushner, and Anna Deavere Smith.

The 2017 Kesselring Prize Jury that selected this year’s prize winner consisted of John Guare, famed American playwright who is best known as the author of The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, and Landscape of the Body, Anne Cattaneo, the Dramaturg of Lincoln Center Theater and the creator and head of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab, and Lynn Nottage, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and screenwriter whose plays include 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony nominee Sweat.

This year’s Kesselring Prize will be presented at an awards ceremony with readings of select scenes of Lauren’s plays (advance reservations are required) on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 4:00pm.

A gala cocktail reception will follow the awards ceremony, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.




There is no charge for the 4:00 PM awards ceremony and reading. RSVP: kesselring@thenationalartsclub.org





A gala cocktail reception follows the awards ceremony and reading, featuring an open bar, signature cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres, an antipasto display, featuring sliced meats, assorted cheeses and variety of vegetables, as well as a Chef’s Display of decadent desserts.

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