Playwright Amy Herzog, who penned the 2010 drama After the Revolution, has been awarded the The New York Times' Outstanding Playwright Award for 2012.
Herzog’s play about a politically-charged family of leftist radicals is the fourth winner of the award, which boasts a $5,000 prize. The awared recognizes American writers who have made recent professional debuts in. After the Revolution opened off-Broadway in 2010 at Playwrights Horizons and starred Mark Blum, Peter Friedman, Meredith Holzman, David Margulies, Katharine Powell, Lois Smith, Elliot Villar and Mare Winningham.
The award's judging panel included Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Edward Albee, James Lapine and Lynn Nottage, as well as Pulitzer Prize finalist Richard Greenberg and editors from the Times. Past recipients of the award include Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size and Dan LeFranc’s Sixty Miles to Silver Lake.
Herzog premiered another show, 4000 Miles, at off-Broadway's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre last spring. The world premiere of her next play, The Great God Plan, will open at Playwright Horizons on December 18 and stars Becky Ann Baker, Peter Friedman, Sarah Goldberg, Keith Nobbs, Joyce Van Patten and Erin Wilhelmi.