Clarence Coo's "Beautiful Province" Wins Yale Drama Series

September 22, 2012

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Read a sample of Clarence Coo's Yale Drama Series winning play Beautiful Province.

Resident playwright Clarence Coo was presented with the Yale Drama Series Award Sept. 18 at Lincoln Center Theater's Claire Tow Theater. He received $10,000 and a reading of his work, Beautiful Province; the play will also be published by the Yale University Press.

Playwright John Guare and Francine Horn, founder of the David Charles Horn Foundation, presented Coo with the $10,000 David Charles Horn Prize for Beautiful Province, which was chosen by Guare from over 1,100 plays submitted from 24 countries. A reading, directed by Cosmin Chivu, immediately followed at the newly opened Claire Tow.

Beautiful Province is "the story of a road trip across Canada taken by a 15-year-old boy and his French high school teacher." Coo developed his play at the Inkwell's Inkubator Series and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

His other work has been produced or developed at the New York International Fringe Festival, Mu Performing Arts, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Round House Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, the Young Playwrights Festival and the Kennedy Center. He was an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow at Arena Stage, a recipient of the Larry Neal Writers' Award, and a social media writer for the 2010 and 2011 Tony Awards. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University, where he studied under Charles Mee, and is currently the program administrator of the Graduate Writing Program at Columbia's School of the Arts.

Runners-up for the 2012 Yale Drama Series were Saviana Stanescu, for her play Useless, and Jesse Weaver, for his play We Shall Catch Larks.

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