Mel Gussow's biography "Edward Albee: A Singular Journey" has won the 2000 George Freedley Memorial Award, given annually by the Theatre Library Association to honor excellence in writing about live theatre. Gussow's volume was the first full biography of the playwright of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Three Tall Women.
The Freedley Honorable Mention citation went to theatre caricaturist Al Hirschfeld for his Hirschfeld On Line.
Kitty Carlisle Hart will present the prize to Gussow, while Sidney Lumet presents Hirschfeld's award. The event will take place June 2 at the Rose Building in the Lincoln Center complex.
The Freedley Award is named for George Freedley, the first Curator of the New York Public Library's Theatre Collection, and first President of the Theatre Library Association. A cash prize accompanies each award.
--By Robert Simonson