Category: Eliana Pipes
Second-year playwright Eliana Pipes was awarded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, a $35,000 grant for her first feature film, a comedy titled Fauxricua. Congratulations!
With all the activity surrounding Boston Theater Marathon XXI, it's been busy around here! And there's even more to celebrate: While we were wrapping up the BTM (May 19), current MFA playwright Eliana Pipes was at the Lilly Awards ceremony in NYC, where she received the 2019 Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers for her play DREAM HOU$E! More
Tell us a little about your play.
Stiletto Envy follows Shaun and Melanie, two childhood friends who reunite for a secret meeting in their senior year of high school. I’ll do my best not to spoil the twist, but when the meeting takes an unexpected turn, Melanie is forced to reconcile the fact that her upbringing might be at odds with her heart.
What made you want to tell this story?
I’ll safeguard my twist again here—but I will say that this is a play about gender identity and love, and what it means to try and reach out to someone before you have the words to describe your identity. For me this play really centers around showcasing a pair that are full of heart, so meant for each other, and so afraid of the world. I wanted to tell this story to put some tenderness out into the world. More
Third-year MFA playwright Kira Rockwell was a second place recipient of the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting for her play The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood (produced here last October). The award, presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, recognizes the outstanding student-written play that celebrates diversity and concerns issues of gender and sexuality.
First-year MFA playwright Eliana Pipes's Snow Brown and the 7 Stereotypes was the National Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play. The award seeks to bring recognition to the area of student-written short plays and to encourage young writers to develop the short play form in preparation for the playwriting profession. (Other plays by Eliana were cited for distinguished achievement in other categories.)
Read more about KCACTF and this year's award recipients and nominees here. Congratulations, Friends!
Three first-year MFA playwrights are Region 1 finalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. From left: Eliana Pipes (Snow Brown and the 7 Stereotypes) and Ally Sass (Late Night at the Serpent) are finalists for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play, and Cayenne Douglass (Variable Rates of Kindness) is a finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award. Congratulations, all!