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Asher Wyndham receives national award in playwriting

June 10, 2010

Asher Wyndham, an MFA candidate in playwriting, received the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play at the American College Theater Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Selected from hundreds of student-written short plays across the nation, Cassius Sargent's Chicken Bones is about a homeless man in Houston who struggles with whether or not he should participate in a "bum fight" in exchange for money. Wyndham received a monetary award and performed a staged reading at the Kennedy Center in April.

Wyndham’s new play Allegra will premiere at the Lyceum Theatre in December 2010. Allegra depicts a TV newscaster who grapples with whether to keep her unborn baby, knowing that it might have Down syndrome. The play is a New Works Series workshop premiere presented by the School of Theatre and Film, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.