‘Star Wars’ Actor is Holding a $10,000 Talent Search for Aspiring Writers

Aspiring writers in or formerly can take their ideas and put it on paper.

Arts in the Armed Forces, a nonprofit organization of actor Adam Driver — who portrays archvillain Kylo Ren in the latest pair of “Star Wars” films — is putting up a $10,000 prize, known as the Bridge Award, for the best full-length play written by a current or former servicemember, with submissions due before March 1.

“There’s no reason to think that this community doesn’t have anything to say,” Driver said in an interview with the New York Times last month. “Maybe they don’t have access to another way of saying it.”

All full-length, unplublished plays, will be considered by a group of judges including Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

In addition to the $10,000 prize, the winner will be able to see their play performed by professional actors next fall, either in New York or on their military base if they are on active duty. The winner will also receive an award at the AITAF Broadway show in November.

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Adam Driver joined the Marines after September 11th and served for just under three years before being medically discharged. He has been a long supporter of arts int he military. His nonprofit group seeks to bridge the divide between “military and civilian, servicemember and family member, the world of the arts and the world of practical action,” according to its website. It will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year.

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