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Sundance Institute Introduces the Tennessee Williams Award for Playwrights

by Sophia Savage
October 22, 2012 2:39 PM
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Tennessee Williams
A 31-year old Tennessee Williams at his typewriter in NYC

The Sundance Institute's new Tennessee Williams Award, the first-of-its-kind, will honor emerging playwrights who have participated in the Institute's Theatre Program Labs.

The first recipient of the award will be honored at a benefit for the Theatre Program on April 8 in New York, which will also feature live musical, performances and dinner. For more on the benefit, go here.

Sundance's Keri Putnam states:

“Over the past three decades, our Theatre Program has inspired, encouraged and supported many of the leading theatre artists and storytellers. This event unites our community to celebrate that work and raise funds to support future projects.”

Artistic Director of the Theatre Program Philip Himberg adds:

"Tennessee Williams inhabits much of what Sundance Institute holds dear. The body of his work is timeless and diverse, and his legacy indelible. He was a risk-taker, true to his own creative impulse. In that spirit, we will present the Tennessee Williams Award to an emerging playwright each year with similar ambition, artistic sense and potential.”

The University of the South, beneficiary of the Williams’ estate, gave permission for the award.

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