Rick Viede wins second Griffin Award
The recipient of the Griffin Award 2011 was announced last week as Rick Veide for A Hoax.
Rick had previously won for his debut play Whore, a contemporary Gothic thriller, in 2008. It went on to be produced by Belvoir Street and the New York Summer Play Festival in 2009.
His latest work, A Hoax, is described a comedy-drama about "otherness, appropriation, greed and fame in the world of Australian literature."
Griffin Theatre’s Artistic Director Sam Strong said, “A Hoax is a fresh and daring interrogation of identity politics and the lengths people will go to to get what they want. The judges responded to the play's vivid characterisation, its wicked sense of humour, and its unique capacity to provoke as well as entertain.”
For the first time in the award’s history Griffin presented a selected reading from each of the shortlisted plays before announcing the winner on 7 June.
The other shortlisted plays were:
Beached by Melissa Bubnic
Wolf Hunger by Duncan Graham
Third Person by Noelle Janaczewska
The Gully by David Mence
Copybook No.6 by Catherine Ryan
The Griffin Award, now in its 15th year, is an annual $10,000 prize offered for an outstanding new Australian play or performance text displaying an "authentic, inventive and contemporary voice." It's supported by PKF Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers.
For an interview with Rick Veide about his recent win, go the Griffin Theatre Company website.