Her awards include The Irish Times Best New Play Award, the Dublin Theatre Festival Best New Play Award 1994, a Macauley Fellowship, a Hennessey Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, an E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Puterbaugh Fellowship (2012) and in 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize for Literature.
Her award-winning plays—largely poetic tragedies of rural Irish domestic life—have been produced around the world. Her works have been translated into French, German, and Norwegian.
She has been Writer-in-Residence at Trinity College, the Abbey Theatre, Princeton University and was the first John McGahern Writer-in-Residence in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra/DCU. She was Heimbold Professor of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2003.
Marina Carr is a member of Aosdána and lives with her family in Dublin.
In the aftermath of the fall of Troy, Agamemnon, the victor, locks horns with Hecuba, the vanquished queen. Both have suffered intimate loss — the sacrifice of a daughter, the murder of a son.