2017 Kernodle New Play Award Winner Announced

Barbara Hammond
Photo Submitted

Barbara Hammond

The winner of the U of A Department of Theatre's 2017 Kernodle New Play Award is Barbara Hammond for her play Visible From Four States.

The reading committee—composed of faculty members, graduate students and area theatre-makers—also named Mia McCullough's play Wisdom From Everything as a finalist. The contest, named in honor of U of A faculty member George Kernodle, had over 150 submissions this year, demonstrating the abundant diversity of new work being created by playwrights across the country.

Visible From Four States is a lyrical drama that elegantly contemplates the intersection of commerce and faith. The play weaves together the plights of a struggling town that fights to stay on the map in contemporary America, while the residents confront their feelings about the death penalty as the prison up the road approaches its first execution in years. These themes and issues resonated deeply with the committee and pushed Hammond's play to the forefront.

Hammond is a playwright living in New York and is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre. Her plays have won recognition and awards from many national and international sources, including New Dramatists, the National Endowment of the Arts, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and more.

Hammond's play will receive the $500 award and has been given a workshop as a part of the Arkansas New Play Festival. It received a staged reading Friday, June 16, at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and will be performed again Sunday, June 25, at 4:30 p.m. at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville.

Hammond is in residence to workshop the play. For details about Sunday's reading, as well as the Arkansas New Play Festival, visit http://arkansasnewplayfest.com/.

Through the Kernodle Award, the Department of Theatre in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences supports and encourages the creation of new work for the American stage. 

Contacts

Ashley Cohea, theatre business manager
Department of Theatre
479-575-6067, acohea@uark.edu


Editor-selected comments will be published below. No abusive material, personal attacks, profanity, spam or material of a similar nature will be considered for publication.

comments powered by Disqus

Headlines

"Lights! Camera! Arkansas!" Comes to Crystal Bridges Summer Film Series

U of A faculty to present an in-depth look at movies with an Arkansas connection, from the artful to the awful.

Fleischer Scholars Present Business Plans for Entrepreneurial Projects

Twenty-five high school students from Arkansas recently spent one week on campus to learn about entrepreneurship, business plans, presentations, teamwork and community improvement projects.

Game Day: Spy Edition University Programs Event to Feature Water Guns on Union Mall

University Programs hosts Game Day: Spy Edition, a water gun competition, today from 2-5 pm on the Arkansas Union Mall.

Wali Caradine, First African-American Graduate of the Fay Jones School, Passes Away

Wali Caradine Jr., an architect and alumnus of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas, passed away July 10, 2017, in Little Rock. He was 68.

Recent U of A Graduate Now Working for Sen. John Boozman

Jace Motley, of Conway, graduated from Fulbright College in May and started working as a staff assistant for the senator in June. 

Newswire Daily