Y York

Y YORK – 2008 FOR "...AND LA IS BURNING"

Racism seems to be as old as the world, and unfortunately still motivates many crimes and current events. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Trayvon Martin in Sanford, FL are two of the more renowned recent incidents, but such things have been happening for a long time.

In 2008, Y York won the Smith Prize for Political Theater for her play, “… and LA is Burning”, a tender, quirky, and thought-provoking piece set against the background of the trial of four police officers accused of beating black man Rodney King. Much of Y’s work is similarly imbued with political themes. This year, Y had a new play premier in Omaha, and several of her other plays were produced coast-to-coast. The American Alliance for Theatre & Education has twice honored her with its Distinguished Play award. She is currently working on two new commissions. More on Y can be found at: www.yyork.com.

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