Best Local Playwright: Cheryl L. West

Cheryl L. West’s tautly told tale of three generations of railcar workers in Pullman Porter Blues—staged last fall at Seattle Repertory Theatre—does for civil rights what Biloxi Blues did for the grunts of World War II. By creating a variety of strong characters grappling with societal sea change, she puts together a series of altogether human faces and allows their struggle to become not only real, but relatable.

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