Brent Askari, playwright of last season’s “Hard Cell” at Geva Theatre Center, recently received the Smith Prize for political theater from the National New Play Network for his play “The Refugees.”
The award was established in 2006 to encourage emerging playwrights in tackling pressing issues of modern times. The $5,000 prize is awarded as a commission and is chosen from proposals from NNPN-affiliated early career writers.
In “The Refugees,” Askari seeks to challenge the idea of what an immigrant is or isn’t for a contemporary audience by following the experience of a family that, after a disaster in their homeland, are forced to seek refuge in a foreign nation.
Geva produced the world premiere of “Hard Cell” in January 2019.