Columbia native, USC grad wins $100K theater prize

A Columbia native and University of South Carolina graduate has won a $100,000 theater prize.

Sarah Hammond is one of three musical theater writers to receive a 2019 Kleban Prize.

Hammond, a playwright, won the award for most promising lyricist for “String,” a modern-day fable that debuted in Washington last year, the New York Times reports.

She shares the award with fellow lyricist Shaina Taub and librettist Charlie Sohne. Each writer will receive $100,000 over two years.

Hammond currently is developing “Wind-Up Girl,” a musical about the French philosopher René Descartes.