Named for the legendary, Pulitzer Prize®-winning writer, the Horton Foote Prizes were established in 2010 to award excellence in American Theater. Presented biennially, the Prizes include Outstanding New American Play and Promising New American Play, honoring both the present and the future. Each Prize carries a cash reward of $20,000 in an effort to support and inspire its recipients in their continued contribution to the canon of American theater. Shortly before his death at the age of 92, Mr. Foote gave his enthusiastic blessing to this eponymous award.
The 2018 Prize for Outstanding New American Play, presented to a work produced in the 2016-17 or 2017-18 seasons, was awarded to Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. The 2018 Prize for Promising New American Play, presented to a previously unproduced work, was awarded to India Pale Ale by Jaclyn Backhaus.