2020 Palmer Award for Best New Essay

Barbara Palmer Award
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Winner: Davies, Callan. “Bowling Alleys and Playhouses in London, 1560-90.” Early Theatre 22, no. 2 (2019): 39–66.

We believe that Davies’ beautifully written and researched interdisciplinary study truly breaks new ground in the study of early modern theater history.

Honorable Mention: Boyer, Arlynda L. “A New Performance Strategy for a Twelve-Station, One-Day York Cycle.” Early Theatre 22, no. 2 (2019): 11–38.

The committee appreciated not only Boyer’s deep archival research, but also the usefulness of her work for those most interested in performance and practitioners looking to test theory.

Award Committee: Elizabeth E. Tavares, Kyle A. Thomas, and Emma Maggie Solberg (chair). Awards announcement and presentation took place during the MRDS business meeting in May, held online by way of Zoom due to the COVID19 global pandemic.