Playwright Daniel Pearle (Drama, ’12) has received the 2013 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for his play, A Kid Like Jake. The award is an unusually structured prize that provides $50,000 to the playwright and an additional $100,000 toward the production costs for the play’s premiere. Lincoln Center Theater has already announced that it will mount the play at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater in June through its LCT3 program; Evan Cabnet will direct.
“I feel very honored and blessed to receive such an incredible award,” Daniel remarks. “I had no idea Lincoln Center had submitted the play for consideration so it was a quite a surprise!”
A Kid Like Jake focuses on a husband and wife applying to New York’s elite private schools for admission of their 4-year-old son and how they deal with concerns about his idiosyncrasies like a passion for Cinderella and playing dress-up. The play also happened to be Daniel’s thesis play in his final year at The New School for Drama, presented last year during the New Voices Playwright Festival.