One of the highest honors in the field of letters, the PEN Literary Awards, were announced Wednesday, and among the honorees are three playwrights. Christopher Durang is receiving the Master American Dramatist award, while Will Eno and Adam Rapp are being honored in the field of mid-career playwrights.
This year's drama honors were decided by a panel comprised of producer Robert Brustein, New Yorker critic John Lahr and director Stephen Wadsworth.
The awards will be handed out at a ceremony in New York on Oct. 23. (The full name of the drama honors is the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Awards.)
Past winners of PEN's Master American Dramatist award include
Durang's plays are often farcical and dabble in the absurd. His best-known works include "Sister Mary Ignatius," "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" and "Beyond Therapy."
This fall, he will reunite with
Durang was named a finalist for the
Eno's play "Thom Pain (based on nothing)" was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2005. Rapp was