Drama - two women (Black and Asian), two men (White and mixed Hispanic/White).
Winner, 2016 Elliot Norton Award for "Outstanding New Script".
A career-launching prize is at stake, the winner's name sealed in an envelope. As a quartet of visual arts students prepare their graduate thesis exhibition, the gloves come off when one of them suggests that racial and gender identity will influence the prize committee's selection more than the merits of each artist's work.
"It's a topically fresh play of ideas, yes. But it's also a tightly wound drama..." - Boston Globe (link here)
"On the surface, the plot could easily become pedantic. However, Mr. Halberstadt's writing is taut and direct... he avoids excessive description and soliloquies and instead allows action to provide depth..." - Edge Media Network (link here)
"Sometimes the sign of good work is the discussions that follow the play, and like the Huntington's 'Disgraced' earlier this season, this one will leave you and your companions with something to talk about." - Events Insider (link here)
The Launch Prize was presented 3 - 20 March 2016 by Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston (link here) in Deane Hall at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion in the Boston Center for the Arts, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, featuring Katharine Chen Lerner (Kim), Bari Robinson (Sebastian), John Tracey (Austin), and Angela K Thomas (Michelle).
Photos of the Bridge Rep production by Andrew Brilliant.