Bill Cain
(© Jenny Graham)
Bill Cain
(© Jenny Graham)
Bill Cain has been named as the first recipient of the Terrence McNally New Play Award, presented by Philadelphia Theatre Company.

The $10,000 cash prize is given annually to recognize a new play that celebrates the transformative power of art. Cain will use the award in the development of his newest play about Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins which has the working title Unvarnished.

Cain's play How to Write a New Book for the Bible was developed at PTC's 2011 PTC@Play Festival and received its world premieres at Berkeley Rep and Seattle Rep this season. His widely-produced play Stand-Up Tragedy earned six LA Critics Awards and later garnered four Helen Hayes Awards before its 1990 Broadway engagement. Cain is also the founder of the Boston Shakespeare Company, where he was Artistic Director for seven seasons.

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