Lloyd Suh Wins 2020 Horton Foote Prize For 'The Chinese Lady'


The 2020 Horton Foote Prize has been awarded to Lloyd Suh for his play The Chinese Lady. Since 2010, the biennial prize is named in honor of the late playwright, Horton Foote, and recognizes excellence in American theatre.

There will be a private online reception on Sunday, September 13th and you can view the online presentation of the prize HERE. Suh will receive $50,000 and a limited edition of Keith Carter’s iconic photograph of Horton Foote, which is found in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The four judges of the 2020 Horton Foote Prize include award-winning actor, and daughter of Horton Foote, Hallie Foote, serving as Chair; Playwrights Horizons Artistic Director Adam Greenfield; Baltimore Center Stage Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra; and award-winning playwright and director Chay Yew.

In The Chinese Lady, Lloyd Suh spins a tale of dark poetic whimsy in this piercing portrait of America as seen through the eyes of a young Chinese woman. The play was inspired by the true story of America’s first female Chinese immigrant, Afong Moy, age 14, brought to the United States in 1834 from Beijing, and put on display for the American public.

Congratulations Lloyd Suh!

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