Dramatists Guild of America Awards, Honoring Stephen Karam, Alan Menken, Michael John LaChiusa, Postponed

News   Dramatists Guild of America Awards, Honoring Stephen Karam, Alan Menken, Michael John LaChiusa, Postponed
Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Dramatists Guild of America is postponing its 2012 Awards ceremony, which was scheduled for Nov. 5 at The Players Club. The Dramatists Guild will reschedule the ceremony for a later date to be announced.

According to a press statement, "The Guild's thoughts and well wishes are with everyone affected by the storm and they are most appreciative of your understanding during this difficult time."

As previously announced, Stephen Karam, Alan Menken and Michael John LaChiusa are among the recipients of 2012 Dramatists Guild of America awards.

Lisa Kron will host the evening, and Tony nominee Mary Testa (On the Town), Amanda Green (Bring It On) and Kenita Miller (The Color Purple) will be among the evening's performers.

Karam will receive the 2012 Hull-Warriner Award for his play Sons of the Prophet, which received its New York City premiere with Roundabout Theatre Company in October 2011. The award is presented to an author or team of authors "in recognition of their play dealing with controversial subjects involving the fields of political, religious, or social mores of the times." Karam is also the author of Speech & Debate.

Menken and LaChiusa will each receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition for the Tony-winning score of Newsies and the Drama Desk-nominated score of Queen of the Mist, respectively. The award "recognizes achievement in a theatrical score presented in New York during the previous theatrical season." Other honorees include Philip Kan Gotanda, who will receive the Flora Roberts Award "in recognition of distinguished work in the theater and to encourage the continuation of that work"; and Micki Grant, who will receive the Dramatists Guild Award for Lifetime Achievement "in recognition of lifetime achievement in theatrical writing."

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