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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

    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...

    Local playwright BOA Award Winner

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

    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


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    Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

    Gabriel Jason Dean

    Best local playwright BOA Award Winner

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

    Best Local Playwright BOA Award Winner

    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

    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 » 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
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