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Keene Prize play goes on to U.S. and U.K. premieres

Tue, December 21, 2010
Keene Prize play goes on to U.S. and U.K. premieres

The Keene Prize selection committee of The University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts may have been among the first to recognize the power ofFrances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s work when they awarded her their$50,000 literary prize.  But they are far from the last. Her prize-winning play “Lidless” will soon be seen on stages both in the United States and abroad.

The 27-year old Cowhig has been in an eddy of career opportunities and artistic accolades since winning the Keene Prize and completing her Master of Fine Arts with the university’s Michener Center for Writers (MCW) in 2009.  ”Lidless” — which powerfully and poetically tells the story of a Guantanamo detainee who confronts his female interrogator 15 years later — was also selected by David Hare for the 2009 Yale Drama Prize and published by Yale University Press...

Click here to read the full story by Marla Akin on the blog ShelfLife@Texas.

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