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Annie Baker Wins Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

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by Kerensa Cadenas
March 20, 2013 12:00 PM
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Annie Baker

Annie Baker has won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play, The Flick, an exploration of love, friendships and work.

New York Times theater critic, Charles Isherwood spoke highly of Baker's play.

Ms. Baker, one of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge Off Broadway in the past decade, writes with tenderness and keen insight about the way people make messes of their lives -- and the lives of people they care about -- and then sink into benumbed impotence, hard pressed to see any way of cleaning things up.

The award has been given annually since 1978 to women who have written quality works. Baker, who received the prize from Cynthia Nixon, one of this years judges, will be awarded a $25,000 cash award and a signed, numbered print by famed artist Willem de Kooning. 

Baker has also been chosen as the second recipient of the Horton Foote Legacy Project, which will give her a four-week writing residency at Foote's preserved home in Texas. 

Annie Baker Wins Blackburn Prize and Horton Foote Honor (The New York Times)

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