The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
announces that actress Judith Light
will receive the 17th Monte Cristo Award
. An alum of the O’Neill, Judith first performed at the O’Neill’s 1977 National Playwrights Conference. A gala dinner will be held in her honor at 583 Park Avenue
on Sun May 21 at 6:30 PM, followed by a special program hosted by O’Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway
and an award presentation by director and O’Neill alumnus Thomas Kail
. The O’Neill annually bestows its Monte Cristo Award on a prominent theater artist whose lifetime work has had an extraordinary impact on American theater, in memory of its namesake. The gala event supports the Center’s commitment to developing new work and new artists for the stage. Past recipients of the Award include actors Meryl Streep
, Michael Douglas
, Nathan Lane
, Christopher Plummer
, James Earl Jones
, Kevin Spacey
, Jason Robards, Jr.
, Zoe Caldwell
and Karl Malden
playwrights August Wilson
, Wendy Wasserstein
, Edward Albee
and Neil Simon;
directors Harold Prince
and George C. Wolfe;
and Arthur & Barbara Gelb.
Tickets are available at www.theoneill.org/montecristoaward.
Press contact: Amanda Ritchie (860/443-5378)...