2021 Legacy Playwrights Initiative Award Recognizes Philip Kan Gotanda

2021 Legacy Playwrights Initiative Award

2021 Legacy Playwrights Initiative Philip Kan GotandaThe Legacy Playwrights Initiative has announced the recipients of the inaugural Legacy Playwrights Initiative Awards, which aims to honor and advocate for elder playwrights who have fallen out of the public eye. The winners are Ed Bullins, Constance Congdon, and Philip Kan Gotanda.

The playwrights will be recognized at the Dramatists Guild Foundation “Write in the Dark” virtual benefit on December 21, 2020, featuring special guests Lou Bellamy, Oskar Eustis, David Henry Hwang, Tony Kushner, Phylicia Rashad, and Paula Vogel.

The industry-wide Legacy Playwrights Initiative is a process of rediscovery and advocacy for important elder playwrights whose writing has fallen out of the public eye. The Initiative aims to honor these writers and, as necessary, provide financial support for the exigencies of late life. The Initiative includes: Legacy PlThe Legacy Playwrights Initiative Award

The industry-wide Legacy Playwrights Initiative is a process of rediscovery and advocacy for important elder playwrights whose writing has fallen out of the public eye. The Initiative aims to honor these writers and, as necessary, provide financial support for the exigencies of late life.

The Initiative includes: Legacy Playwright Awards for sustained achievement, enduring excellence, and influence on the American theatre; advocacy and, when possible, financial incentives for professional theatre production; reissues of previously published plays; activities to build awareness within the profession and within American universities, to get the Legacy playwrights’ work read, taught, and produced.

This initiative was launched by a founding committee of Anne Cattaneo (Lincoln Center Theater), Benita Hofstetter Koman (formerly of The Roy Cockrum Foundation), Todd London (Dramatists Guild), and Rachel Routh (Dramatists Guild Foundation), with fiscal sponsorship from the Dramatists Guild Foundation and in partnership with The Dramatists Guild of America and numerous theater professionals from across the industry.

Founding support comes from Venturous Theater Fund, John Lee Beatty, Tony Kushner, Marsha Norman, and others. Initiative partners include Broadway Play Publishing, Concord Theatricals, Dramatists Play Service, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and the National New Play Network.

 

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