Arizona Theatre Company announced on Monday, July 7, that Kristiana Colón is the winner of its 2014 Latino Playwriting Award for her original work Octagon.
Based in Chicago, Colón is a playwright, poet, education, and member of Teatro Luna. She appeared on the fifth season of HBO's Def Poetry Jam and has published a collection of poems.
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Octagon follows eight poets in the midst of a last-minute poetry slam during which they have to choose either to please the crowd and the judges or to express themselves organically.
"The judges savored the rich linguistic tapestry of Kristiana Colón's exciting new play, Octagon," says ATC playwright-in-residence Elaine Romero via press release. "Theatre and poetry slam together is the theatrical equivalent of spontaneous combustion in this new play that looks at the personal and the political and how tough it can be to parse the two."
Colón will be awarded a $1,000 prize.
Marrio Correa was named runner-up for his play, Commander, which looks at a politician who's aiming to serve as America's first openly gay president.
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ATC is now accepting submissions for next year's National Latino Playwriting Award, which was established by David Ira Goldstein, the company's artistic director. Latino playwrights living in the U.S., its territories, or Mexico are qualified to submit.
Manuscripts must be postmarked by December 31 of 2014. Submissions won't be accepted via e-mail. Finalists will be judged by ATC's artistic staff, and the winner will be notified by August 1, 2015. For complete guidelines and more information, visit www.arizonatheatre.org.