ADAA IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE FINALISTS FOR THE $10,000
2016 SAROYAN/PAUL HUMAN RIGHTS PLAYWRITING PRIZE
The Good Minister from Harare by June Carryl
A low-level bureaucrat is plunged into a nightmare wonderland of red tape, government thugs and revolutionary zealots after a visit from his father. When the past won’t stay buried, do you turn a blind eye and live, or die a martyr in the bloody business
of liberation?Gutting by Jeremy J. Kamps Fourteen year-old Kali and her mother Eunice return to the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans two years after Hurricane Katrina to find that “home” is no longer there. Despite the forces of systemic racism driving them away and apart, this mother and daughter learn that loving each other is both an act of resistance and renewal.
The Madres by Stephanie Alison Walker
It’s Buenos Aires, 1979. Two women search covertly for Belen, nine months pregnant and one of the many disappeared people in Argentina’s so-called “Dirty War.”
Paradise by Laura Maria Censabella
Yasmeen Al-Hamadi is a devout Yemeni-American Muslim girl at a struggling inner-city Bronx high school. Dr. Guy Royston is her disaffected science teacher, a former Evangelical with a mysterious past. An unlikely research team, together they embark on a neurological study, leading to stormy conflicts over love, faith and culture.
Doing Time by Jerry Goralnick
Based on actual events that took place in July and August of 1957 when Judith Malina, co-founder of The Living Theatre and Dorothy Day, co-founder of The Catholic Worker shared a cell for thirty days in the New York City Women’s House of Detention for protesting civil defense drills. All the incarcerated women in the House of Detention were twenty-year-old prostitute junkies and as they came to know who Dorothy was they would come to her and confess their life stories.
Zona Rosa by Carlos Morton
An activist medical doctor trying to spread awareness of the AIDS epidemic in 1980’s Mexico City is murdured along with four other Gay men in a homophobic crime.
How to Conquer America by David Myers
In 1975, an un-proven research assistant created an ad campaign that turned a queer fermented-milk product into the 9 billion dollar a year phenomena it is today. Now, Arlene Hoffman, along with the ghost of her dead immigrant father, will tell us how she did it. A story of culture, appropriation, family, and the American Dream.
Bhuta/Kala by Nathaniel Sam Shapiro
Bhuta/Kala follows a troupe of Balinese Hindu religious theatrical performers, who simultaneously are perpetrating the Indonesian political genocide of 1965 while preparing and ultimately enacting the famous play of Barong and Rangda, a traditional tale of good versus evil. As the personal, political, and religious blend together, the play asks when neighbors take up arms against neighbors throughout history, what stories have perpetrators told themselves to enable their inhuman acts?
The Hunters by Jen Silverman
When a Vietnamese-American man kidnaps the grandson of the American soldier who killed his grandfather, he must confront the thin line between reparations and revenge. Can we ever find a way past the histories that determine our lives, or does history loom too large to ever be overwritten?
People Like Us by Melanie Anne Ball
Otherland by David Cote
When After All, It Was You and Me by Kevin Doyle
Silence by Jason Grote
Kidnap Road by Catherine Filloux
This is Only A Test by Eric Reyes Loo
Sh ofu, Wianbu Pi by Lucy Sheen
A Guide For The Homesick by Ken Urban
How to Wear A Headscarf Tutorial (Part One) by Alannah Olivia