The award will be presented to Guare at a dinner at Michael's on East March 27 in Sarasota, FL. The Public Theater's artistic director, Oskar Eustis, will be the keynote speaker.
The award was announced by Hermitage Artist Retreat and the Greenfield Foundation. The prize consists of a $30,000 commission to create an original work of art in residency at the Hermitage and in partnership with a professional arts organization.
Guare was represented on Broadway this season by A Free Man of Color. His Obie and Tony Award-winning play The House of Blue Leaves will be revived on Broadway this spring. Other work includes Six Degrees of Separation, Bosoms and Neglect, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, Landscape of the Body, Lydie Breeze and the Oscar-nominated screenplay for "Atlantic City." He won a Tony Award for the book to the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona, for which he also wrote the lyrics.
The jury members that voted Guare for the prize include Michael Bigelow Dixon, Carey Perloff and Eduardo Machado. Non-voting jury members include Bruce E. Rodgers, Joni Greenfield and Michael D. Edwards.
For more information, visit greenfieldprize.org.