Aaron Loeb is the winner of the prestigious 2013 Glickman Award for best new play.

Loeb's "Ideation," which received its world premiere as part of San Francisco Playhouse's Sandbox Series in November, is a dark corporate farce that spins into chaos as a team of high-paid suits brainstorms about the ethics of a top-secret project. The audience instantly is sucked into a vortex of greed, apocalypse and office politics that doesn't let up from start to finish. Josh Costello directed the show, which starred Carrie Paff and Mark Anderson Phillips.

Loeb, a video game developer turned emerging playwright, is best known for "First Person Shooter" and "Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party." In "Ideation," he draws on both his nimble wit and his intimacy with the idiosyncrasies of corporate culture. Loeb lives in Berkeley and holds down a day job at Electronic Arts.

The $4,000 Glickman prize, administered annually by Theatre Bay Area, is awarded to the author of the best play to make its world premiere in the Bay Area.

"I am thrilled to be presenting this award to Aaron, one of the Bay Area's most exciting young playwrights for this compelling new play," said Brad Erickson, executive director of Theatre Bay Area. "And I am equally pleased to honor SF Playhouse for producing 'Ideation' and for its deep commitment to new works and Bay Area writers."

Named for the late comedy writer and playwright Will Glickman, the prize has been bestowed since 1984. The winner is chosen by a jury of theater critics including this reporter, Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle, Robert Avila of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Sam Hurwitt of Theatre Bay Area magazine and Theater Dogs blogger Chad Jones.

The award was created to acknowledge the Bay Area as a fertile breeding ground for new plays. Previous winners include Sarah Ruhl for "In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play,)" Denis Johnson for "Soul of a Whore," and Tony Kushner for "Angels in America."

The award will be presented April 14 at Theatre Bay Area's Annual Conference at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. "Ideation" also will launch SF Playhouse's Mainstage season this fall. This fully mounted production will run Sept. 23-Nov. 8.