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London Playwright Silva Semerciyan Wins ADAA’s $10,000 William Saroyan Prize.


“Another Man’s Son,” by London playwright Silva Semerciyan wins William Saroyan Prize.

LOS ANGELES–Honoring the work of noted Armenian-American author and playwright William Saroyan, the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance (ADAA) earlier this month presented its $10,000 Second Biennial William Saroyan Prize for Playwriting Awards at the Armenian Church Western Diocese Headquarters in Burbank.

The grand prize winner was “Another Man’s Son,” by London playwright Silva Semerciyan. Her play concerns an Armenian family forced to confront the hidden consequences of genocide. Set in 1958 Beirut, the play explores the themes of love, loyalty, and filial duty.

Selection was by an honorary jury of theater luminaries including Mark Ravenhill, Oskar Eustis and Curt Columbus.

The other finalist plays were “Forgotten Bread,” by New York playwright/actor Sevan Kaloustian Greene, and “Hripsime,” by New York playwright Johnna Adams.

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