Nice that a new playwriting prize has been named for Horton Foote, and that it comes with 30-grand. But why set the requirements so unreachable for so many young playwrights?
The competition will invite 65 resident theaters to submit a play by an author who has written at least three original full-length plays that have been produced by professional theaters; selection committees will choose a short list of finalists; and the winner will be determined by a group of four artistic directors Mr. Foote worked with closely: Andre Bishop (of Lincoln Center Theater); James Houghton (Signature Theater Company); Michael Wilson (Hartford Stage Company); and Andrew Leynse (Primary Stages).To have three plays already professionally produced doesn't make you necessarily a star, I know. And those writers could use the money, too, yes. But still--to get that far (three separate plays, mind you, not three stagings of one play) usually means you've already got some powerful folks pulling for you.
Just think how more the prize could help the playwriting profession if it enabled a one-show playwright to write his/her second play?
What's the point? To make it more clubby? Or just lessen the number of scripts these folks will have to read?