University of Kansas Scholar Wins Emerging Playwright Award

Darren M Canady, an assistant professor of English at the University of Kansas, was chosen to receive the 2012 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award from the American Theatre Critics Association. He will be honored for his play “Brothers of the Dust” at the association’s conference in Chicago this June. The play is about a farm family in 1958 Arkansas. It was first staged in May 2011 at the Congo Square Theatre in Chicago.

Canady, who says the play was based on his own family’s history, is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he majored in creative writing. He earned a master of fine arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

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