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PRIZE WRITER Lo­cal play­wright Mar­cus Youssef has won Canada’s rich­est and most pres­ti­gious the­atre award. The Ne­world The­atre artis­tic di­rec­tor has been named the re­cip­i­ent of the 2017 Simi­novitch Prize, an award of $100,000, at a cer­e­mony at the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre. As part of the award, Van­cou­ver the­atre artist and Delin­quent The­atre co–artis­tic di­rec­tor Chris­tine Quin­tana, whom he has cho­sen as his pro­tégée, will re­ceive $25,000 out of the to­tal amount. Youssef is best known for writ­ing and cowrit­ing Win­ners and Losers, King Arthur’s Night, Left­overs, How Has My Love Af­fected You?, Ali & Ali, Adrift, Peter Panties, Jab­ber, and A Line in the Sand. He had made it onto this year’s short­list along­side Eve­lyne de la Chenelière, Han­nah Moscov­itch, and Donna-michelle St. Bernard. “The fi­nal de­lib­er­a­tions were in­tense, but in award­ing the Prize to Mar­cus Youssef, we were ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be able to cel­e­brate a mid-ca­reer artist whose work was al­ready of the high­est cal­i­bre and was, in fact, chang­ing the face of Cana­dian the­atre,” said jury chair Bob White in the press an­nounce­ment.

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