Amas Musical Theater today announced the fourth year of The Eric H. Weinberger Award for Emerging Librettists, a cash and production grant awarded by a jury to support the early work and career of a deserving musical theater librettist. The award commemorates the life and work of a playwright / librettist Eric H. Weinberger (1950-2017), who was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Best Book in a Musical (Wanda’s World), and the Class Mothers ’68 playwright / librettist, which earned Pricilla Lopez a Drama Desk Award nomination .
The winner will receive $ 2,000 to help pay for cost of living expenses. The winning musical will receive development assistance under the 2022 New Works Development Program of the Amas Musical Theater, which administers the award. The development aid ends with the rehearsal and interpretation of the work by New York theater professionals in an Amas Lab production. Amas has been the development home of several Mr. Weinberger musicals and produced the world premiere of Wanda’s World and the New York premiere of Tea for Three.
Submissions will start September 20, 2021 and end November 30, 2021. All submissions must be submitted through an online application available at Eric H. Weinberger Emerging Librettists Award. Only one submission per playwright / librettist will be accepted. The winner of the award will be announced in late February-early March 2022.
“While the pandemic has put a hiatus on in-person lab productions for our award, the recipients of the past two years in a row will finally take the stage at our Dare to Be Different Spring 2022 festival,” shares artistic producer Amas, Donna Trinkoff. “It was our honor to name our 2020 winner, Cheeyang Ng for the 2021 Princess Grace Prize, which he won. Ng and his colleague Eric Sorrels received the 2020 award for their musical MÄYÄ. This is the fourth year that we have had the opportunity to honor Eric with this very special award, a lasting recognition of his passion for musical theater and his love for Amas. “
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