Actress Uta Hagen, playwright Arthur Miller, American Theater Wing chairman Isabelle Stevenson and Fool Moon will receive special Tonys at the June 6 ceremony for the 1998-99 version of the awards. Hagen is one of the American stage's most storied veterans. Though she has not appeared on Broadway in many years, her credits include such landmark productions as the original stagings of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Country Girl, as well as Othello, in which she played Desdemona to Paul Robeson's Moor. In recent years, Hagen has more commonly been seen Off-Broadway, in productions such as Mrs. Klein and Collected Stories. Hagen has previously received two Tonys, for Country Girl and Woolf.
Miller is the author of many acclaimed plays, including Death of a Salesman, which is up for a best revival award this year. His other works include A View from the Bridge, The Crucible, All My Sons, After the Fall and Broken Glass. Miller -- for many years out of favor with the critics -- has enjoyed a renewal of interest in his career in recent years. Recent revivals of Bridge, Sons and the current Salesman have proved hits, and Off- Broadway's Signature Theatre Company devoted its 1997-98 season to the playwright's work.
Isabelle Stevenson was for many years president of the American Theater Wing, which co-presents the Tony Awards with the League of American Theaters and Producers. Last year, she accepted the post of chairman, with Roy Somlyo taking over the position of president.
Fool Moon, a comic pantomime devised by Bill Irwin and David Shiner, returned to Broadway in 1999 -- the popular show's third visit to the Great White Way.
--By Robert Simonson