Local playwright wins Kennedy Center award

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local playwright is gaining some national attention as he takes home an award for his original play called "Moving."

Sean McCord won the National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award by the Kennedy Center for his full-length play, which is inspired by his experience in Los Angeles.

"'Moving' takes place in an apartment in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, very much like the apartment I lived in when I graduated from UCLA and lived in Silver Lake," he said. "It tells the stories of several couples over 30 years as different couples and people move into the apartment and move out and the relationships they develop."

McCord became a playwright eight years ago after he visiting the Live Arts Theatre in downtown Charlottesville to see his son perform in a musical.

"When my son was 12, he was in a musical at Live Arts. As a proud parent, I started hanging out there and volunteering every night. I found out about a local writer's group called the Live Arts Playwrights Lab," he said.

McCord immersed himself in the playwriting world, which led him to write a new chapter for other playwrights in town.

"With a group of local playwrights a couple of years ago, we started a theatre here in town called the Charlottesville Playwrights Collective, which is just doing new works by local authors," he said.

His work on "Moving" soon expanded to the regional and national stage, where he hopes people will see how local arts impact the community.

"My hope is that this kind of attention on playwriting in this town will inspire people to continue to come in and support new works,' McCord said. "To come see new plays by local authors and find out all about the talent and creativity that we have in this town."

The award McCord received comes with a cash prize, membership in the Dramatists Guild and Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis, and an invitation to attend the National Festival at the Kennedy Center from April 10-14.

For more information on the Charlottesville Playwrights Collective, you can visit the link in the Related Links box.

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