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Hannah Moscovitch is among four playwrights shortlisted for this year’s Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.The Canadian Press

Montreal actress/writer Evelyne de la Cheneliere and Toronto-based writer and librettist Hannah Moscovitch are among four playwrights shortlisted for this year's Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

The National Arts Centre says Toronto emcee Donna-Michelle St. Bernard and Vancouver writer Marcus Youssef are also finalists for the lucrative award.

The winner gets $75,000 and can choose a protege to receive $25,000.

The Siminovitch Prize rotates on a three-year cycle, honouring theatre professionals in the alternating fields of design, direction, or playwriting.

Last year's award went to director Nadia Ross, while protegee prizes went to Sarah Conn and Shaista Latif. Past winners of the playwrighting prize include Olivier Choiniere, Daniel MacIvor and Carole Frechette.

This year's winner will be announced Nov. 6 in Ottawa.

A new TV series explores the life of notorious Montreal mob boss Vito Rizzuto. Actor Tony Nappo says the revenge tale, which debuts on City on Thursday, is “almost Shakespearean.”

The Canadian Press