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2014 WILLIAM SAROYAN PRIZE FOR PLAYWRITING

 

 

 

Submission Deadline June 15 - August 15, 2014

 

Administered by ADAA

Granted by The William Saroyan Foundation

ABOUT THE 2014 AWARD

- Awarded biennially for a full length stage play in English
- New: Themes to be based on subjects of "Social Justice" aimed to promote discussion around the globe on social issues
- Award to be presented publicly at a west coast event administered by the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance
- A panel of noted industry professionals will select winning script

RULES & GUIDELINES

COMING SOON! NEW RULES AND GUIDLINES FOR THE 2014 SAROYAN PLAYWRITING AWARD. CHECK BACK SOON!


 

 

2012 Saroyan Prize Winner

Kelly Stuart, "Belonging to the Sky"

 

FINALISTS

 
Sevan Kaloustian Greene (Doon)
Adriana Sevahn Nichols (Night Over Erzinga)
Kelly Stuart (Belonging to the Sky)


 

2012 HONORARY JURY

Gates McFadden
Eduardo Machado
Catherine Filloux

 

 

2012 Saroyan Prize Winner

Silva Semerciyan,"Another Man's Son"

 

 

Finalists

2010 Saroyan Prize Finalists (L-R):


Silva Semerciyan (Another Man's Son), Johnna Adams (Hripsime), Sevan Kaloustian Greene (Forgotten Bread)

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2010 HONORARY JURY
Curt Columbus
Mark Ravenhill
Oskar Eustis

 

2008 Saroyan Prize Winner

Lilly Thomassian, "Nadia"

 

Finalists

2008 Saroyan Prize Finalists (L-R):

Kristin Lazarian (Flesh & Tenderness), Lilly Thomassian (Nadia), Matthew Yaldezian (The Living & the Dead)

 

2008 HONORARY JURY

Deborah Salzer

Mac Wellman

Leslie Ayvazian

 

 

 

 

WILLIAM SAROYAN (1908-1981)

 

"In the time of your life, live -- so that in that good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let be free and unashamed. Place in matter and in flesh the least of the values, for these are the things that hold death and must pass away. Discover in all things that which shines and is beyond corruption. Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Ignore the obvious, for it is unworthy of the clear eye and the kindly heart. Be the inferior of no man, nor of anyman be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself. No man's guilt is not yours, nor is any man's innocence a thing apart. Despise evil and ungodliness, but not men of ungodliness or evil. Have no shame in being kindly or gentle. In the time of your life, live....so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite delight and mystery of it."

William Saroyan, playwright - "The Time of Your Life"
1939 Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and New York Critics Circle Award for Best Play

 

 


 

 

THE WILLIAM SAROYAN FOUNDATION

Established by William Saroyan - December 30, 1966


The Foundation has overseen the archives of William Saroyan since Saroyan founded it in 1966. In the late 1990s the Foundation donated all of Saroyan’s literary papers to Stanford University Libraries, which now holds the William Saroyan Collection at the Department of Special Collections. The Foundation has also established various writing prizes to honor Saroyan’s legacy.

 

Haig G. Mardikian

President of the William Saroyan Foundation, Presenter of the Prize


A graduate of Trinity College and Harvard Business School, Haig Mardikian is a longtime financial investment executive and current owner of Haig Mardikian Enterprises, a real estate investment firm. He is President of the William Saroyan Foundation in San Francisco, which was established by Saroyan himself. He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is a Trustee of the Herbert Hoover Foundation and Presidential Library Association. He is also President/Trustee of the Foundation of City College of San Francisco. His civic involvements around the Bay Area are numerous. He is married to Constance (Black) Mardikian and they have two children: daughter Sasha and son John Haig.

 

 

Robert Setrakian

ADAA honors the memory of Robert Setrakian

Businessman, Friend of Saroyan, and Past President of the William Saroyan Foundation, passed away on September 2, 2010 at age 86, instrumental in establishing ADAA’s William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting.

 

 

 

“Among my papers are manuscripts of unpublished stories, essays, autobiographical works, novels, plays, and thousands of carbon copies of letters, and all of this material very probably has a value, both in terms of materialistic terms and in terms of art, that I want it all to be at least organized and made accessible to the appropriate persons such as biographers, scholars, researchers [and] students…” – William Saroyan

 

 


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