Dominique Morisseau and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will be named the recipients of this year’s Steinberg Playwright Awards, which honor promising dramatists with $50,000 grants.
Morisseau, a Samuel French writer, is best known for a trilogy of plays about her hometown, Detroit. The first installment, Detroit ’67, ran at the Public Theater in 2013. The second, Paradise Blue, was staged this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival. The third, Skeleton Crew, is scheduled to be produced in January by the Atlantic Theater Company.
The awards to early- and mid-career playwrights are given every other year by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, and were given most recently to Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph in 2013. In alternate years the foundation gives a $200,000 award to a later-career playwright; last year, it honored Stephen Adly Guirgis, who went on to win this year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play Between Riverside and Crazy. This year’s Steinberg awards ceremony will take place Nov. 16 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center.