The American Theatre Critics Association will present Keri Healey with the 2012 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for an emerging playwright in April at the Humana New Plays Festival at Actors' Theatre of Louisville. The Osborn Award recognizes Healey's play Torso, which premiered in March 2012 at Printer's Devil Theater in Seattle, directed by David Bennett.
Torso is described as "a mixture of comedy and tragedy that examines humanity's propensity for violence and revenge. Inspired by events in her own life, Healey posits a drunken woman riding through the night on a mission, escorted by a surly cabdriver with whom she once had an abortive date. Her odyssey is to make sense of two tragedies: the recent death of the sister of what was supposed to be a minor illness, and the news that a high school friend has committed a sensational murder. Our judges called the script gripping and a balancing act of serpentine plotting."