Tammy Ryan
Tammy Ryan
The American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) and the Francesca Ronnie Primus Foundation has awarded playwright Tammy Ryan with the 2012 Francesca Primus Prize for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods. The award -- which includes $10,000, a wall plaque and a chance to be celebrated at an upcoming ATCA conference -- is given annually to an emerging woman theater artist.

In Ryan's play, when single mother Christine meets Gabriel, one of the "lost boys" from Sudan, in the produce section of a Pittsburgh Whole Foods where he works, the two form a relationship that changes both their lives.

Ryan was selected by a nationwide committee of critics, which also announced an additional commendation to playwright Dominique Morisseau for Follow Me to Nellie's, her portrait of how a Mississippi brothel and its outspoken madam become entwined in the civil rights struggle to register black voters in 1955.

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