Marin Theatre Company has announced the winners of its fifth national new American play prizes.

Martín Zimmerman's Seven Spots on the Sun, a play about a village doctor who is forced to confront his past and the violence that tore the village apart, is the winner of the 2012 Sky Cooper New American Play Prize. This prize is presented to an outstanding unproduced play written by either an established or emerging American playwright, which then receives a developmental workshop and two staged readings as part of MTC's New Works Series. In addition, the playwright receives a $10,000 award.

Meghan Kennedy, author of Light, the story of Lyle, the only man in his family to never have been struck by lightning, has won the 2012 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize. The Emerging American Playwright Prize honors David Calicchio's lifelong career as a playwright by recognizing a professionally unproduced playwright for a new work that shows outstanding promise and a distinctive new voice for the American theater. The winning playwright receives a $2,500 award, and their submitted play receives a developmental workshop and two staged readings as part of MTC's New Works Series.

The winners of these prizes were selected from 445 eligible submissions.

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