Congratulations, David! Sundance Theatre Program alum David Adjmi (2006 Theatre Lab, 2006 Playwrights Retreat at Ucross, 2007 Residency at the Public Theater) is among ten recipients of the 2010 Whiting Writers' Award, the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation announced Oct. 27. The awards, which include a $50,000 cash prize, have been given annually since 1985 to writers of exceptional talent and promise in early career. Adjmi’s Evildoers (developed at Sundance) world premiered at Yale Rep. His Stunning was produced by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and then by Lincoln Center Theater in 2009. He is at work on a book for HarperCollins and lives in Brooklyn. Adjmi's plays include Strange Attractors (Empty Space Theatre), The Evildoers (Yale Rep), Elective Affinities (Royal Court, RSC/Stratford and Soho Theatre), Marie Antoinette (Sundance/Public NYSF Residency) and Caligula (Soho Rep). In 2009, he also won the Kesselring Fellowship.
The Whiting selection committee saw in Adjmi "a truly theatrical imagination. His plays come charging to life in front of a live audience. He does things with embodied language that few young playwrights even think to try. Wildly inventive feats of juxtaposition and wit drive these pieces as they scoff at the foolish consistencies of a too-too tidy dramaturgy."