Playwriting award offers shot at $10,000

Active-duty service members and veterans who are aspiring writers are encouraged to submit an unpublished play to the Arts in the Armed Forces, AITAF, contest for a chance at a $10,000 prize. This year marks the AITAF 10th anniversary of drawing out raw talent in the contest co-created by Adam Driver, a former Marine-turned professional actor who thrives on tapping the talents within America’s armed forces. Along with the $10,000 prize, known as the Bridge Award, the AITAF will produce a reading of the winning play in the fall of 2018 in New York City or at the winning playwright’s installation if the winner is active duty, with a professional director and cast.

This year’s cast includes Laurence Fishburne and Mark Ruffalo. A reception and feedback session will follow the reading. The award will be announced in May 2018 and presented during the annual AITAF Broadway Show in November 2018. Service members and veterans have until March 1 to submit their works through a link on the AITAF website at Current and former members of all military components are eligible, including students at service academies and service members serving overseas. Veterans must be able to present proof of service. Works must be unpublished. No co-authored works will be accepted. Full rules and details are available on the site.

The Bridge Award

The Bridge Award was established in honor of the tenth of recognizing an emerging playwright of exceptional talent within the U.S. military. The award consists of a $10,000 prize, and an AITAF-produced reading of the winning work. The head judge will be Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

In addition to bringing world-class theater to the military, AITAF is committed to supporting and sharing the talents of those who serve. This award will offer a deserving current military service member or veteran important connections with the theater community and access to developmental resources, helping to facilitate a deeper understanding and more active dialogue between military and civilian communities. The purpose of AITAF is to provide high-quality theater programming for active duty service members, veterans, military support staff and their families.

Adam Driver

Adam Driver can be seen in Director Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky,” alongside Channing Tatum and Daniel Craig. He recently starred in Jeff Nichols’ “Midnight Special,” with Kirsten Dunst and Sam Shepard and he played Kylo Ren in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII” with Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher. Other recent works include Martin Scorsese’s 2016 historical film “Silence” starring Liam Neeson and director Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 romantic comedy, “Paterson.” His role as “Adam Sackler” in the critically-acclaimed HBO series, “Girls,” garnered Driver three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Driver is a former Marine who served with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines at Camp Pendleton, California.

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