Ken Urban Wins 2024 Blue Ink Award

Urban was awarded for his work "The Conquered"

Congratulations to Ken Urban, winner of the 2024 Blue Ink Award for The Conquered.

As part of the award, Urban receives a $3,000 cash prize, a staged reading directed by Artistic Affiliate Dexter Bullard at American Blues Theater, and the opportunity to further develop his script with our artists.

Ken Urban notes, “It’s such an honor to win for The Conquered. It’s a story that has haunted me ever since I first dreamed it up after reading THE NEW YORKER article that inspired it. Writing a thriller for the stage inspired by advances in neurotechnology always felt a little dangerous. Would an audience be into this dark mysterious story? This recognition’s greatest gift is that it means that Jane’s story resonates with people and that’s the thing every playwright is always hoping for.”

“We are thrilled to announce Ken Urban’s The Conquered as the 2024 Blue Ink Award winner,” comments Executive Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside. “This play keeps you on the edge, listening to every word and judging every silence. The intrigue, mystery, and slow tease of plot is masterful.”

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