The international competition will create a new canon of work inspired by Shakespeare’s 38 titles.
The Blackfriars Playhouse at the American Shakespeare Center.
STAUNTON, VA.: The American Shakespeare Center (ASC) has announced the launch of an international playwriting competition called “Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries,” which will create a modern canon of 38 companion pieces to the works of Shakespeare.
Over the next 20 years, the ASC will select one companion play for each of Shakespeare’s thirty-eight titles and produce two new plays in repertory with the company’s Shakespeare partner each year. The final year of the 20-year cycle will be a retrospective of the best work from the cycle. The ASC will offer two annual prizes of $25,000 to the winning playwrights, in addition to funds to support their travel and housing in Staunton for the development and rehearsal periods.