The award honors "the best performances in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area." The Pearl has been quietly presenting classic plays for many years, first out of a space in Chelsea, more recently at Theatre 80 in the East Village. Camp has been with the company since its early history. Last year, Carol Schultz won for her work in The Rivals at the Pearl.
The judges' panel for the award includes Irene Backalenick, Back Stage; Betty Corwin, Director of Special Projects, Theatre on Film & Tape Archive of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; David Rosenberg, Back Stage; Douglas Watt, The Daily News, and Carl Harms, President of the Actors' Equity Foundation.