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Idris Goodwin Awarded New Play Commission

Idris Goodwin Awarded New Play Commission

Idris Goodwin, Colorado College’s Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Theatre and Dance Department, has been awarded a new play commission by the InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Goodwin, one of only two recipients selected from a field of 85 submissions, will receive a 20/20 Commission for his play “Sanctity.”

The award both monetarily and artistically supports the development of new plays through a variety of undertakings, including dramaturgical consultations with InterAct’s artistic staff, public and private readings with professional actors, and multi-day workshops with professional artists.

“The 20/20 Commission is a major growth opportunity for me as writer and a professional,” says Goodwin, who was a finalist last year. “To be awarded this year feels amazing.  It also affirms all those overused adages about not giving up – and I do love me some adages,” he says.

Goodwin found inspiration for his play in real Philadelphia events: In “Sanctity,” the partnership of two homicide detectives becomes strained when an abortion-related murder investigation unearths their starkly opposing beliefs.

InterAct, founded in 1988, produces new and contemporary plays that explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. Its aim is to educate, as well as entertain, audiences by producing world-class, thought-provoking productions, and by using theatre as a tool to foster positive social change. The company has received 52 Barrymore Award nominations and 18 awards.