New Dramatists Toasts Playwright Robert Anderson, Nov. 8

News   New Dramatists Toasts Playwright Robert Anderson, Nov. 8 Famed playwright Robert Anderson will received the new Michaela O'Harra Award from the New Dramatists on Nov. 8. The award recognizes excellence in American Theatre.

Famed playwright Robert Anderson will received the new Michaela O'Harra Award from the New Dramatists on Nov. 8. The award recognizes excellence in American Theatre.

The prize -- named after Michaela O'Harra, who founded New Dramatists 50 years ago in 1949, will be presented Mon., Nov. 8, at New Dramatists, 424 West 44th Street.

Anderson wrote Tea and Sympathy and I Never Sang for My Father. His other works include Comes Marching Home, You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running and Silent Night, Lonely Night. For the movies, he penned the screenplays for "The Sand Pebbles" and "The Nun's Story." A noted educator, Anderson taught playwriting at the American Theatre Wing and collaborated on the textbook "Elements of literature." He continues to serve on the New Dramatists board.

New Dramatists said the evening will comprise reminiscences by George Grizzard, Eileen Heckart, Willy Holtzman, Robert Kamlot and Harvey Sabinson and an excerpt from Anderson's You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running performed by George Grizzard and Eileen Heckart. Anderson's award will be presented by Michaela O'Harra.

-- By Murdoch McBride