The controversial play Behzti (Dishonor) is one of 12 finalists for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. The award honors a female playwright who has created an outstanding work for the English-speaking theatre.
The play, which portrayed violence and rape within a fictional Sikh temple, was cancelled after violent protests outside Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre. The author, Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti went into hiding after she received death threats.
Joining Bhatti as nominees for the Blackburn Prize are:
Leslie Ayvazian for Rosemary and I
Rebecca Gilman for The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Melanie Marnich for Cradle of Man
Mia McCullough for Since Africa
Heather Raffo for Nine Parts of Desire
Patricia Wettig for My Andy
Bryony Lavery for Last Easter
Rebecca Lenkiewicz for The Night Season
Chloë Moss for How Love Is Spelt
Joanna McClelland Glass for Trying
Katherine Thomson for Harbour