Botanicum Seedlings Announces 2017 Winner

Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich received 2017 Izzy Award for Still Life. Photo by Kevin Hudnell

Botanicum Seedlings, the development series for playwrights at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, has announced the recipient of the seventh the annual Izzy Award for new plays.

The winning play, Still Life, by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, was presented during last year’s Summer Playreadings. The Izzy is named for Theatricum’s first dramaturg, Israel Baran, who passed away in 2007, to honor Israel’s keen mind, sharp tongue and ear for language (despite the fact that he was frustratingly deaf). Ergo, the Izzy was established to recognize the play that “speaks to us the loudest.”

Still Life is a darkly comic look at shared grief, centering on three people who become inextricably linked after a series of subway bombings in an unnamed city.

“We were so proud to help develop Barbara’s touching and terrifying play,” says Theatricum playwright-in-residence Jennie Webb.Still Life captures the surreal, suspended feeling of life during a tragedy. Like life, it’s also filled with its share of very funny moments.”

“I loved working on Still Life at Theatricum,” says Blumenthal-Ehrlich. “Director Jen Bloom, dramaturg Jennie Webb and the rest of the creative team were true collaborative partners in a beautiful setting with a spirited, gifted and generous group of people. My play came a long way during the process. I’m forever grateful for my time with Seedlings and truly honored to receive this award.”

Still Life is on the Kilroys List and a Susan Smith Blackburn Award nominee.

Webb created Botanicum Seedlings in 2002. Now in its 16th year, the program has supported more than 175 new plays and established itself as a vital resource for writers across the country. In addition to public and private readings, Seedlings offers private dramaturgy and workshops for local playwrights, with a fall session beginning in September.


Playwrights and new play lovers are invited to the upcoming FREE Summer Playreadings on Sunday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. 

For more information on Botanicum Seedlings:; Twittter and Instagram: @botseedlings.

For the many other programs which act as an adjunct to Theatricum’s Summer Repertory Season: (310) 455-2322;


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