Williamstown Theatre Festival awards New Play Commission

The Berkshire Eagle

NEW YORK — Playwright Jocelyn Bioh is the recipient of a Williamstown Theatre Festival New Play Commission. The honor was presented to the playwright by WTF artistic director Mandy Greenfield at the 9th Annual Lilly Awards earlier this week at Off=Broadway's Minetta Lane Theatre.

As the recipient of this commission, Bioh, who is also an award-winning actress, will be in residence at Williamstown Theatre Festival both this summer and next as she works on her newest play.

Earlier this month, Bioh's play, "School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play," won a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award for Best New Play. It shared the honor with Martyna Majok's "Cost of Living," which premiered at Williamstown in the 2016 season, before coming to Manhattan Theatre Club last year.

Sponsored by The Dramatists Guild, The Lilly Awards were started in the spring of 2010 by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Theresa Rebeck to recognize the work of women in the American theater. They are named for American playwright Lillian Hellman (1905-1984).


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