EXCLUSIVE: Madeleine George, playwright and writer for Hulu’s Only murders in the buildinghas recently been selected as the 2021 winner of the Hermitage Major Theater Award, a jury-selected national award offered by one of the largest non-profit theater commissions in the country.
George will receive a cash prize of $35,000, as well as a residency at the Hermitage in Sarasota County, Florida, as well as a development workshop in a major art capital such as New York, Chicago or London in the fall of 2023.
“I was surprised and thrilled to receive the news about the Hermitage Major Theater award,” George said in a statement. “It is a great honor to join the Hermitage’s impressive family of artists, and I am excited to have the resources and time to devote to my commissioned work, which has been on my mind for a while and I am eager to share with the world.”
Andy Sandberg, Artistic Director and CEO of Hermitage Artist Retreat, made the announcement today. The award wasestablished by the Hermitage last year with the support of the Kutya Major Foundation.
George’s works include hurricane diane (Obie Award), The (curious case of) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist), and Seven homeless mammoths roam New England, Precious Little, Y Zero hour. She is currently a writer and producer for the Hulu comedy mystery. Only murders in the building starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez.
The 2021 Hermitage was initially awarded last December to playwright Radha Blank, who is unable to fulfill the commission due to personal issues and conflicting professional commitments. George was one of four finalists in the initial process, and the inaugural Prize Committee reconvened “to enthusiastically endorse” the honor.
The 2021 Awards Committee included Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Doug Wright, director Leigh Silverman, and director Liesl Tommy.
“Madeleine George is a sharp and often hilarious commentator on American culture, skewering ‘sacred cows’ such as gender, technology, academia and our patriarchal government, and in doing so revealing the maddening inconsistencies of the human heart,” Wright said. , a member of the Hermitage Board of Trustees.