Playwright Molly Smith Metzler Receives Outstanding Young Alumni Award

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo has awarded New York City playwright Molly Smith Metzler, a 2000 Geneseo graduate, its Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Geneseo President Christopher C. Dahl presented Metzler the award March 5 at Rochester's Geva Theatre, where a packed theater enjoyed a reading from her play "Carve."

"You are without a doubt someone who has achieved amazing success," said Dahl. "You have catapulted to new horizons as an extremely talented playwright within a very short period of time. The alumni association is proud and privileged to present you with this award."

Metzler's plays have won 13 awards. Her first play in 2003, "Training Wisteria," won three national awards: The Kennedy Center National Student Playwriting Award, the Mark Twain Award for Comedy Playwriting and the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award. Her works also have included "Close Up Space," which ran off-Broadway through February, starring David Hyde Pierce and Rosie Perez, and "Elemeno Pea," which has just opened at the Actors Theater of Louisville's Humana Festival of New Plays.

Metzler, an English major at Geneseo, is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School and holds a master's degree from Boston University.

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