The 2018 Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor the work of theatremakers Off-Broadway, will posthumously elect composer Michael Friedman onto the Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Friedman was a Lucille Lortel Award winner for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Friedman died September 9, 2017, at the age of 41 following complications due to HIV/AIDS. His other works include This Beautiful City, Saved, The Fortress of Solitude, and Pretty Filthy.
The 33rd Annual Lucille Lortel Awards will held on May 6 at NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts. The evening will also honor Tony-winning playwright and performer Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and longstanding Off-Broadway company WP Theater for their Outstanding Body of Work.
Ensler is currently performing at Manhattan Theatre Club Off-Broadway in an adaptation of her memoir, In the Body of the World. The monologue play, written and performed by Ensler, details her experiences working with women in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo and being diagnosed with uterine cancer.
WP Theater was founded in 1978 and is the oldest and largest theatre company in the U.S. dedicated to developing, producing, and promoting the work of female-identified and trans theater artists at every stage in their careers. The company's latest show, Kate Benson’s play [PORTO], is currently playing an acclaimed return engagement at WP Theater. Lisa McNulty is artistic director.
Tickets can be purchased online at NYUSkirball.org and in person at the Skirball Center’s Shagan Box Office, located at 556 LaGuardia Place, New York.