A scene from blu at CalArts
(© Scott Groller/CalArts 2008)
A scene from blu at CalArts
(© Scott Groller/CalArts 2008)
David Hare has announced that Virginia Grise's blu has won the annual Yale Drama Series competition. The play, which focuses on a Mexican American family after it has learned that their oldest son has died in Iraq, will be published by Yale University Press and receive a staged reading at Yale Repertory Theatre in September. In addition, Grise will receive the $10,000 David C. Horn Prize.

Grise, a cultural worker, writer, performer, and teacher, has had her work produced at venues such as the Jose Marti Catedra in Havana and the Univesity of Butare in Rwanda. Her published writing includes The Panza Monologues and Conversations with Don Durito, an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués.

In addition to selecting blu as the winning script, Hare has chosen Siona MacDuff by Mary Hamilton and Nineteen Kinds of Peril by Tom Lavignino as runners-up.