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John Biguenet receives national accolades for latest plays

January 24, 2014

The latest plays from Loyola University New Orleans award-winning playwright John Biguenet have secured nominations for The Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. “Mold,” which premiered last year at Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans, and “Broomstick,” which also premiered last year at New Jersey Repertory Company, were both nominated for the national award. The association will announce the winner at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Ky., Feb. 26-April 6.

“Mold,” the closing play in the “Rising Water” trilogy chronicling the levee collapse after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was also named the best new play of 2013 by The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com in its annual theater review. “John Biguenet’s ‘Mold’ at Southern Rep brought his powerful Katrina trilogy to a moving close, while its unsettling feelings proved we may never achieve full closure,” according to the newspaper.

Gambit also praised “Mold” in its 2013 theater review: “Many of the year’s premieres focused on local subjects, and John Biguenet’s impressive ‘Mold’ was a refreshingly vivid and visceral return to the days of post-Hurricane Katrina grief in the final installment of his trilogy about the storm (preceded by ‘Rising Water’ and ‘Shotgun’).”

The second play in that “Rising Water” trilogy—“Shotgun”—is running this weekend at The Storefront Theatre in Waxhaw, N.C.

While Biguenet’s latest plays certainly kept him busy in 2013, his other works also garnered success. “The Torturer’s Apprentice,” his volume of short stories, will be published in Turkish translation by Aylak Adam Publishing House in Istanbul. “The Other Half,” a new story which appeared previously in Spolia (Berlin), was selected for republication as a Spolia chapbook, due out this year. Biguenet’s “It Is Raining in Bejucal,” which appeared originally in Zoetrope and was reprinted in “The Best American Mystery Stories,” was selected for inclusion in a new anthology, “The Best of the Best,” to be published this year by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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