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NMSU Theater professor wins national playwriting award

Tom Smith, New Mexico State University theater assistant professor, won the 2003 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence.



Tom Smith, New Mexico State University theater professor, won the 2003 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence. (Courtesy photo)


More than 200 national playwrights were nominated for the award. The award includes a financial prize and the production of his winning play, "Drinking Habits," at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Mich., in February.

"When I heard about both the number of nominees and the nationally recognized talent in that pool, I was stunned that I'd won," Smith said.

"Drinking Habits," a farce about a group of nuns who secretly sell wine to keep their convent open, is Smith's 32nd play and will be a part of the Las Cruces Community Theatre's 2004-2005 season.

Smith's other plays include "The Odyssey," "Peter Pan: An Awfully Big Adventure," "Marguerita's Secret Diary" and his adaptation of Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol."