Director Harold Prince and film/theatre critics Mel Gussow, Andrew Sarris and Molly Haskell will be on-hand May 30, 6 PM, to present the annual Theatre Library Association Awards for books on the performing arts. The New York Public Library's Bruno Walter Auditorium will serve as the venue for this event, commemorating the TLA's 60th anniversary. Gussow will present the George Freedley Memorial Award to James Knowlson for "Damned To Fame: The Life Of Samuel Beckett" (Simon & Schuster). Prince will bestow the Honorable Mention on Lys Symonette & Kim H. Kowalke, editors and translators of "Speak Low (When You Speak Love): The Letters Of Kurt Weill And Lotte Lenye (University of California Press). The Freedley Award is named for George Freedley, first Curator of the New York Public Library's Theatre Collection and first President of the Theatre Library Association. It is presented annually for the best book about live theatre published in the United States in the previous year.
Sarris will present the TLA Award for excellence in writing about film, television or radio to "The Oxford History Of World Cinema." Haskell will give an Honorable Mention to Frank Walsh for his "Sin And Censorship: The Catholic Church And The Motion Picture Industry."
--By David Lefkowitz