March 7, 2016 – The Jeff Awards Committee has determined that categories for new work and new adaptation will be combined so that all world premieres will be judged as either new plays or new musicals. These categories are non-competitive and multiple winners are permitted.
Jeff Awards Chair David Liesse states, “Increasingly, the Jeff Awards has been faced with determining whether new works opening in Chicago should be classified as new works or new adaptations, depending on the source material and the extent of its use in the work. We recognize that our classifications affect the designations of other award programs as the works are produced at other venues. By addressing the issue, we are
committed to recognizing and supporting the creative writing process.”
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