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2018 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award Light Up the Big Apple

2018 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award Light Up the Big Apple

Last week theatre luminaries gathered to celebrate playwright Suzan-Lori Parks who was honored by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust with the 2018 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.

Lee Daniels and Oskar Eustis attend at the 2018 Steinberg Playwright Awards at Lincoln Center Theater on December 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Steinberg Playwright Awards)

The evening included performances and presentations from some of Parks work, including a musical performance from Suzan-Lori Parks and Christian Konopka; Topdog/Underdog (Amari Cheatom & Brandon J. Dirdwn; Getting Mother’s Body (Crystal Dickinson); The Book of Grace (Amari Cheatom and Roslyn Ruff); White Noise (Brandon J. Dirden).    Other guests in attendance included Lee Daniels, Lynn Nottage, Oskar Eustis, Rebecca Taichman, Maria Dizzia, Neil Pepe and others.

Suzan-Lori Parks and Paul Oscher perform at the 2018 Steinberg Playwright Awards at Lincoln Center Theater on December 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Steinberg Playwright Awards)

The Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award is presented biennially to honor and encourage the artistic excellence and achievement of an American playwright whose body of work has made significant contributions to the American theatre. The recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award receives a cash award of $200,000.

Shirley Steinberg (C) and Jim Steinberg attend the 2018 Steinberg Playwright Awards at Lincoln Center Theater on December 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Steinberg Playwright Awards)

The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust was created by Harold Steinberg in 1986 in his name and the name of his late wife, Miriam. The Trust’s primary mission is to support and promote the American theater as a vital part of our culture by nurturing American playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new American plays, and by providing significant support to theater companies across the country.

Suzan-Lori Parks was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” and is the first African American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog. She is a MacArthur “Genius Grant” prize recipient and she’s also received The Gish Prize for Excellence in the Arts.   Broadway credits include: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess which was awarded the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and Topdog/Underdog, which starred Jeffrey Wright and Mos Def and was directed by George C. Wolfe.  The play received a Tony Nomination and recently was named by the New York Times as the most important American play within the last 25 years.   Other plays include: In The Blood (Pulitzer Prize finalist), Fucking A, The Death of The Last Black Man In The Whole Entire World aka The Negro Book Of The Dead and more recently Father Comes Home From The Wars (parts 1,2&3) (Pulitzer Prize Finalist). In 2003 Parks wrote a play a day culminating in 365 Days/365 Plays; the plays were produced globally in over 700 theatres, which, at the time, was said to be the largest theatrical grass-roots undertaking of its kind.  More recently, to reflect on the current presidential administration Parks wrote 100 Plays For The First Hundred Days.  Parks has authored a novel: Getting Mother’s Body which is published by Random House.   Her screenplays include Girl6 (directed by Spike Lee); Their Eyes Were Watching God (produced by Oprah Winfrey); Anemone Me (produced by Christine Vachon and Todd Haynes) and she’s got two new screenplays in production:  an adaptation of Richard Wright’s Native Son, (directed by Rashid Johnson) and The United States vs Billie Holiday, (directed by Lee Daniels.)  She’s at work on a stage-musical adaptation of the film The Harder They Come and two new stage plays, one of them: White Noise which will receive its world premiere this coming season and will be directed by Oskar Eustis.   Parks is The Public Theater’s Master Writer Chair, where she performs Watch Me Work, a weekly writing class free of charge and open to all.  She also writes songs and fronts her band: Suzan-Lori Parks & The Band.

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