Eagan, who originated the role of Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden, becoming the youngest actress to win a Tony Award, will perform as part of the 7:30 PM "Traveler In The Light" tribute. The evening will also feature Tony-winning stage veteran Elizabeth Wilson (Sticks and Bones, A Delicate Balance, Waiting in the Wings), as well as Burke Moses, Alan Safier, Uzo Aduba and Sheldon Harnick.
Norman authored the Tony-winning libretto to The Secret Garden, as well as the award-winning play 'night Mother. She also penned the books for the musicals The Color Purple and The Red Shoes.
Norman will be presented with the Inge Festival Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award.
Previous Inge Award honorees include Paula Vogel, Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, Christopher Durang, Sheldon Harnick, Arthur Laurents, A.R. Gurney, Stephen Sondheim calm John Kander and Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, Peter Shaffer and Wendy Wasserstein.
As previously reported, the Inge Festival will also present a special performance of Harnick's new musical A Doctor in Spite of Himself, with Moses, Cady Huffman, Anthony Rapp and John Schuck. The William Inge Theatre Festival is held at the playwright's alma mater, the Independence Community College.
For more information on the Inge Festival and other Inge Center activities, contact (800) 842-6063, ext. 5492 or visit IngeCenter.