ADAA'S 2012 WILLIAM SAROYAN PRIZE for PLAYWRITING AWARDS CELEBRATION
KELLY STUART WINS ADAA’S SAROYAN PRIZE
(LOS ANGELES) – New York playwright Kelly Stuart won the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA)’s 3rd Biennial William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting for her play, “Belonging to the Sky.” The $10,000 grand prize was announced and presented at ADAA’s memorable awards event on Saturday, December 8, 2012, 6pm at the Pasadena Playhouse.
“Belonging to the Sky” is a lyrical duet of monologues by Sabiha Gökçen (Ataturk’s adopted daughter) and assassinated journalist Hrant Dink, and their tragic historical connection. Stuart teaches playwriting at Columbia University and has traveled nine times to Turkey and speaks Turkish.
“I was haunted by the intersection of these two lives,” says Stuart, “so the play is the interwoven monologues of Hrant and Sabiha, both confronting their identity and the approach of death in two different ways.”
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