Named for the legendary, Pulitzer Prize®-winning writer, the Horton Foote Prize was established in 2010 to award excellence in American Theater. Presented biennially, the Horton Foote Prize is awarded to an American playwright having written an original work of exceptional quality. The Prize carries a cash reward of $50,000. 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.