Filipino-American writer, playwright, critic and editor Randy Gener is the winner of the George Jean Nathan Award, the highest accolade for Dramatic Criticism for the theater year 2007-2008.
The award was endowed by the great theater critic George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), who wrote for and co-edited with H.L. Mencken the magazines Smart Set and The American Mercury. Because Nathan was an alumnus of Cornell University, the Cornell English Department administers the prize.
Nathan’s will mandated that the winner for “the best piece of drama criticism during the theatrical year (July 1 to June 30), whether it is an article, an essay, treatise or book,” be chosen “by a majority vote of the heads of the English departments of Cornell, Princeton, and Yale Universities.” The trust is of such size that the prize is the richest and one of the most distinguished in the American theater. [Read full article...]