The results of the 2014 Dr. Gaffney Playwriting Award/Wagner New Play Festival competition are now known. The three jurors for the contest were La Jolla Playhouse’s Director of New Play Development Shirley Fishman, MFA playwriting student Jeff Augustin, and Allan Havis, professor of playwriting and provost of Thurgood Marshall College/UC San Diego.
The winning playwright will receive $1000, travel and hotel to San Diego for the staged reading of the play on April 20th during the celebrated Wagner New Play Festival at UC San Diego. Twelve national theatre professionals will be in attendance.
This year, Scripps College undergraduate Daysha Edewi won for her play Sisters/Sistahz. Identical twin sisters realized early on that despite having the same blood, nothing about them is identical. Years of tension erupt during senior year of high school when Ya-Ya discovers she is pregnant and Nikki reveals to her African American family that she is seriously dating a white man.
The honorable mention honor goes to Skylar Fox for The Last of the Living Jeffersons. The last four living descendants of Thomas Jefferson have gathered in a theatre. Two are black, two are white. Of course, they’ve made a pact to get their tubes tied, ending the Jefferson bloodline forever and recounting their history on their terms.