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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Jon Carr

Best Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Rachel Graf Evans

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Pearl Cleage

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Topher Payne

Best local playwrite BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Guest Critic
Topher Payne

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Topher Payne

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Topher Payne

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Paris Crayton III

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Topher Payne

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Topher Payne

Local playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Topher Payne

Best playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Pearl Cleage
Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage has never suffered for lack of recognition. Her 1998 novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day nabbed an Oprah Book Club selection and local theaters continue to produce her older plays (Theatre in the Square will stage Flyin' West in 2012). But Cleage outdidmore...
Atlanta novelist/playwright Pearl Cleage has never suffered for lack of recognition. Her 1998 novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day nabbed an Oprah Book Club selection and local theaters continue to produce her older plays (Theatre in the Square will stage Flyin' West in 2012). But Cleage outdid herself with her latest play, The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of Their First One Hundred Years, a comedy that tweaks the hypocrisy of Montgomery's snobbish African-American families in 1964. The pitch-perfect screwball script, performed at the Alliance Theatre last fall, drags family secrets out into the open in a masterful combination of historical insight and comic timing. pearlcleage.net. less...

Best playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Peter Hardy
As artistic director of Essential Theatre, PETER HARDY has been Atlanta's de facto midwife of new local plays. In the summer of 2010, however, Hardy put the spotlight on his own script, Sally and Glen at the Palace, and the nostalgic dramedy packed enough punch to upstage many of Essential's productionsmore...
As artistic director of Essential Theatre, PETER HARDY has been Atlanta's de facto midwife of new local plays. In the summer of 2010, however, Hardy put the spotlight on his own script, Sally and Glen at the Palace, and the nostalgic dramedy packed enough punch to upstage many of Essential's productions going back for years. www.essentialtheatre.com less...

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Topher Payne

www.topherpayne.com


Runner-up: Tyler Perry


www.tylerperry.com

Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Runner-up Steve Yockey

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Steve Yockey

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Jean Sterrett
Playwrights usually draw attention by breaking social taboos or making splashy stylistic exercises. In her productions this year, playwright JEAN STERRETT took risks, but her plays also affirmed the nuts-and-bolts values of rich settings and complex characters. Sterrett received the Essential Theatremore...
Playwrights usually draw attention by breaking social taboos or making splashy stylistic exercises. In her productions this year, playwright JEAN STERRETT took risks, but her plays also affirmed the nuts-and-bolts values of rich settings and complex characters. Sterrett received the Essential Theatre Playwriting Award this year for Fix Me So I Can Stand, a knotty, insightful death-row drama set in South Georgia in the 1970s. Essential Theatre’s world-premiere production in the summer included a superb performance by Spencer Stephens. In Fix Me So I Can Stand — as well as Sterrett’s World War I drama The Summerhouse in April set in her native Australia and staged at Theatre Decatur — Sterrett showed such a vivid sense of place that Atlanta’s larger playhouses should give her work a look. less...

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Steve Yockey

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Steve Yockey
For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of Hand Theater, smaller shows for Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express and Savage Tree Arts Center, and even a short film basedmore...
For more than a year, playwright STEVE YOCKEY has seemed all but ubiquitous, debuting such scripts as the full-length, darkly comic <>Cartoon for Out of Hand Theater, smaller shows for Dad’s Garage Theatre, Actor’s Express and Savage Tree Arts Center, and even a short film based on one of his works at the Atlanta Film Festival. Currently attending school in New York, Yockey — a former CL staffer — remains a presence on the local scene: Dad’s Garage will stage a new full-length play in January. A talent who deepens with every work, Yockey writes in a menacing yet pop-savvy voice that, in his short pieces, can turn ordinary monologues or conversations into short, sharp shocks. less...

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Steve Yockey

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Karen Wurl
A terrific slam poet and winner of the 2005 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award for new local writers, KAREN WURL debuted deliciously witty dark comedy Miss Macbeth at Power Plays, the 2005 Essential Theatre Festival. The pitch-perfect backstage satire mingled so cleverly with homages to “themore...
A terrific slam poet and winner of the 2005 Essential Theatre Playwriting Award for new local writers, KAREN WURL debuted deliciously witty dark comedy Miss Macbeth at Power Plays, the 2005 Essential Theatre Festival. The pitch-perfect backstage satire mingled so cleverly with homages to “the Scottish Play” that the only tragedy of Miss Macbeth was that it needed to be longer — and how often can you say that about any play, let alone a new one? less...

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Tyler Perry
Diary of a Mad Black Woman www.tylerperry.com

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Critics
Margaret Edson
Now is not just the obvious time to salute the triumphs of Margaret Edson and her play Wit, which last year won the Pulitzer Prize and this spring saw a superb, if star-crossed, production at the Alliance Studio. This also might be the only time for honoring Edson, as the Midtown resident has no plansmore...
Now is not just the obvious time to salute the triumphs of Margaret Edson and her play Wit, which last year won the Pulitzer Prize and this spring saw a superb, if star-crossed, production at the Alliance Studio. This also might be the only time for honoring Edson, as the Midtown resident has no plans to write any more plays in the future. Judging from Wit's erudite emotionalism, that's not just a loss to Atlanta, but to contemporary drama itself. less...

Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Poets, Artists & Madmen
Picked By » Readers
Until his recent move to Asheville, N.C., Griffin was a regular player at Dad's Garage and one of its most creative writers, in 1999 debuting Acting, Schmacting, a one-man show that's equally quick-change comedy and pseudo-autobiographical monologue. This year he penned Whiskey-Soaked Lover, a honky-tonkmore...
Until his recent move to Asheville, N.C., Griffin was a regular player at Dad's Garage and one of its most creative writers, in 1999 debuting Acting, Schmacting, a one-man show that's equally quick-change comedy and pseudo-autobiographical monologue. This year he penned Whiskey-Soaked Lover, a honky-tonk romance steeped in the lore of Hank Williams. Next spring will see Griffin's humor take a turn to the absurd with Zurich Plays, his Dadaist history of the Dada movement (written with Marc Cram). less...

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