Win a Writing Prize, Buy a Guitar

Playwright Katori Hall wins the Blackburn prize. Guess what she’s doing with the prize money?

From the New York Times ArtsBeat blog:

[The winning play] “Hurt Village” is based on a real housing project in Memphis that was torn down in about 2002, Ms. Hall said. “It became a cesspool of poverty and was crime-ridden,” she said. “I would drive past it and say ‘Where are all these people going once it’s demolished?’ ” The play centers on a young Iraq war veteran who returns from overseas to the complex as it is being dismantled.

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