Fall 2022 Adjunct Assistant Professor Lloyd Suh has won a 2022-2023 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for The Far Country. This year’s awards were announced by the Edgerton Foundation’s communications partner, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and total $725,000 in support, which will allow 17 new productions extra development and rehearsal time with the goal of extending their lives after their world premieres.
Piloted in 2006 with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, the Edgerton Foundation New Play Awards were launched nationally in 2007 by Brad and Louise Edgerton. In partnership with the Edgerton Foundation, TCG highlights each New Play Award winner on its website and offers conference subsidies to playwrights whose work has been supported by the awards.
TCG Executive Director Teresa Eyring said in a statement: “As our theatre field continues to navigate the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, the Edgerton Foundation’s visionary investment in new plays continues to make a critical difference.” Eyring went on to note that, while the extended rehearsal period has always been impactful, the support “is truly game-changing” at present, as the theatre world works to welcome back audiences.
Lloyd Suh is the author of The Chinese Lady (recently produced with Ma-Yi at the Public Theater), Bina's Six Apples (produced this season at Alliance Theatre and Children's Theatre Company), Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Franklinland, Jesus in India, and many more, including The Heart Sellers, which will premiere at Milwaukee Rep this spring. His work has been produced at theaters across the country including Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre, Denver Center, Artists Rep, Interact, Geva, Timeline, the Guthrie with Theater Mu, ArtsEmerson, Long Wharf Theatre and others, and internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA at the Guerilla Theatre in Seoul, Korea. He was recently awarded a Steinberg Playwright Award. In addition, Suh has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the Horton Foote Prize, the Helen Merrill Award, and the Lilah Kan Red Socks Award. He served from 2005-10 as the Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and from 2011-20 as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark. He was elected in 2016 to the Dramatists Guild Council.