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Meet our 2017 Winner - Barbara Hammond

Barbara Hammond


The winner of the University of Arkansas Department of Theatre’s Kernodle New Play Award for 2017 is Barbara Hammond for her play Visible From Four States. The reading committee—composed of faculty members, graduate students, and area theatre-makers also named Mia McCullough’s play Wisdom From Everything as a finalist. The contest, named in honor of UofA faculty member George Kernodle, had over 150 submissions in 2017 demonstrating the abundant diversity of new work being created by playwrights across the country.

Visible From Four States is a lyrical drama that elegantly contemplates the intersection of commerce and faith. The play weaves together the plights of a struggling town that fights to stay on the map in contemporary America, while the residents confront their feelings about the death penalty as the prison up the road approaches its first execution in years. These themes and issues resonated deeply with our committee, and pushed Ms. Hammond’s play to the forefront.

Barbara Hammond is a playwright living in New York, and is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre. Her plays have won recognition and awards from many national and international sources, including New Dramatists, the National Endowment of the Arts, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and more.

Ms. Hammond’s play will receive the $500 award and be given a workshop as a part of TheatreSquared's Arkansas New Play Festival. The workshop will include two performances. The first is Friday, June 16, 2017 at 5:30pm at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. The second will be Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:30pm at TheatreSquared in Fayetteville. Ms. Hammond is in residence to workshop the play. 

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