Relentless Award honors playwrights in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s name

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman in the 2012 Broadway production of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" directed by Mike Nichols. (PHOTO: Boneau / Bryan-Brown)
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman in the 2012 Broadway production of  “Death of a Salesman” directed by Mike Nichols. (PHOTO: Boneau / Bryan-Brown)

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s legacy lives on by honoring unproduced works of theater by American writers. The winners of the first Relentless Award, which has split its monetary prize, are Clare Barron and  Sarah DeLappe.

According to its website, the Relentless Award was established in honor of Hoffman and his pursuit of truth in the theater. It is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

“Each one of these plays does something that I haven’t seen before — there’s some technique used, some use of time, character, that is unusual,” said David Bar Katz, a screenwriter, playwright and friend of the film star and stage actor, according to the New York Times. Hoffman died last year from a drug overdose.

 Katz created the American Playwriting Foundation and its Relentless Award with money he got after suing The National Enquirer over a false story about himself and the actor.

He said Hoffman loved playwrights and empathized with their financial struggles as they tried to break into the theater. Now that’s a very good friend.

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