The American Theatre Wing has announced that actor/dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and Sylvia playwright A.R. Gurney will each receive a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 61st Annual Obie Awards May 23.
The event, hosted by Lea DeLaria, will be held at Webster Hall.
Lavallade‘s dance career has included ballets created for her by the likes of Lester Horton, Geoffrey Holder, Alvin Ailey, Glen Tetley, John Butler and Agnes de Mille. She appeared on Broadway in House of Flowers, was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera, and was a guest artist with the American Ballet Theater. She has choreographed for the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Philadanco, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the productions of Porgy and Bess and Die Meistersinger at the Metropolitan Opera.
Gurney’s Broadway credits also include Love Letters, Sweet Sue and The Golden Age 1984. He has had numerous works produced Off-Broadway including at the Signature Theatre, where he is currently a resident playwright. As well as plays, Gurney has written three published novels, several television scripts and the librettos of two operas.
Tickets to the 2016 Obie Awards are now available via ObieAwards.com.