Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks by Sarah Hanly has been announced as a finalist for the 2022 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize – the largest international award for women, transgender, and non-binary playwrights.

The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize, as well as a signed print by Willem de Kooning. In addition, each of the finalists will be awarded $5,000.

This year the judges are actor/writer/producer Adjoa Andoh, playwright Luis Alfaro, writer/director Justin Audibert, lighting designer Paule Constable, actor Saidah Arrika Ekulona and director/actor/musician Whitney White.

Leslie Swackhamer, executive director of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, commented: “This has been a phenomenal year for new voices in playwriting. Two of our finalists are debut plays, and nine are first-time finalists for this Prize. All of the plays are highly theatrical and probe the burning issues of our times.”

The winner will be revealed in April.

See here for the full list of finalists and for more information.

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks, written and performed by Sarah Hanly and directed by Alice Fitzgerald, runs in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs Tuesday 1 February 2022 – Saturday 12 February 2022.

It is a co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, where it was performed in Autumn 2021.