Additional honorees have been announced for the seventh annual Lilly Awards, which celebrate women of distinction in American theatre. Jessie Mueller, Kathy Najimy, Genne Murphy, Candis Jones, Rehana Lew Mirza and the women of Waking the Feminists will be honored at the May 23 event. They join previously announced honorees Eclipsed playwright Danai Gurira, Martha Plimpton, director Kate Whoriskey and actor Mia Katigbak.
Slated to present awards to the honorees are writer, political activist and feminist Gloria Steinem, Oscar winner and Tony Award nominee Lupita Nyong’o and the women of Eclipsed.
Other presenters include Lloyd Suh, Russell G. Jones, Rachel Chavkin and Neena Beeber. The Lilly Awards will also recognize Norbert Leo Butz and his organization, The Angel Band Project.
The Awards will take place at the Signature Theatre featuring special performances by Rebecca Naomi Jones, Amanda Green and Georgia Stitt. During the ceremony, the Lilly Awards will also announce the recipient of the $25,000 Stacey Mindich Prize, which funds a new work by a female playwright, and the Leah Ryan Prize, which awards an annual cash prize to an emerging woman playwright and produces a reading of the winning play in New York City.
Previous winners include Mary Rodgers, Dominique Morisseau, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Jeanine Tesori, Liesl Tommy, Kelli O’Hara, Pam MacKinnon, Leigh Silverman, Anne Kauffman, Sarah Ruhl, Kristin Chenoweth, Annie Baker, Susan Stroman, Lynn Ahrens, Tina Fallon, Amy Herzog, Nina Arianda, Diane Paulus, Katori Hall, Tina Howe, Estelle Parsons, Lynne Meadow, Ntozake Shange, Jessica Hecht and Lois Smith.
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