Playwright David Hare, who served as judge of the third annual Yale Drama Series, has announced that Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is the recipient of the series' Playwriting Award for her play, Lidless.

Cowhig will receive a $10,000 award from the David C. Horn Foundation, a staged reading of the work at Yale Rep in September 2009, and the publication of the play by Yale University Press. Lidless is about a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who journeys to the home of his female U.S. Army interrogator 15 years after his detention, demanding half her liver for the damage she wreaked on his body and soul during her interrogations. Cowhig is a graduate of Brown University and International School of Beijing, and is set to receive her Master of Fine Arts from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin this May.

Hare also announced that The Danger of Bleeding Brown by Enrique Urueta and Hell Money by Ruth McKee have been selected as runners-up for the 2009 competition.

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