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‘Emmett Till’ wins Edgar; playwright Hatcher pleased to be nominee

Jeffrey Hatcher may not have taken the top prize for best play at last night’s Edgar Allan Poe Award ceremony in New York, but the Minnetonka-based playwright was just pleased to be included in such great company.

Hatcher’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” was one of three works nominated (PDF) for best play by the Mystery Writers of America. In the end, the nod went to Ifa Bayeza’s “The Ballad of Emmett Till,” which premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

The prolific Hatcher wrote “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” as a commission from the Arizona Theatre Company, which performs in both Tucson and Phoenix. The work received its local premiere earlier this year at the Park Square Theatre in St. Paul.

In an interview last week, Hatcher said he was just thrilled to be nominated for the award, in part because it put him in the same shoes as many famous playwrights and mystery authors.

During the past six decades, many famed authors and popular plays have received Edgars, including “Dial M For Murder,” Agatha Christie’s “Witness for the Prosecution,” “Sleuth” and “Deathtrap.”

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