Award to Author: Yasmina Reza
Award to Producer: David Pugh, Sean Connery, Joan Cullman
Ms. Reza is the author of 11 plays. She has won Moliere Awards for Best Author for Art and Conversations After A Burial, a Moliere Award for Best Fringe Production for Winter Crossing and a Moliere Nomination for Best Translation of Kafka's Metamorphosis. Her latest play, The Unexpected Man, recently opened in London. Ms. Reza has also written three screenplays.
Award to Author: John Leguizamo
Award to Producer: Arielle Tepper, Bill Haber, Gregory Mosher Mr. Leguizamo began his career as a writer and performer Off-Broadway in 1991 in Mambo Mouth and received three awards. For his second one-man show, Spic-O-Rama, Mr. Leguizamo won four theatre awards including Dramatists Guild Hull-Warrior and Lucille Lortel Outstanding Achievement and four Cable ACEAwards when it aired on HBO.
Award to Author: David Henry Hwang
Award to Producer: Benjamin Mordecai, Dori Berinstein, John Kao, Talia Shire, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, South Coast Repertory, The Joseph Papp Public Theater/ New York Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater.
Mr, Hwang won a Tony Award in 1988 for M. Butterfly, his Broadway writing debut. The play also earned him Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and John Gassner awards.He won two Obie Awards for FOB and Golden Child, two of his five plays produced at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Mr. Hwang has also written two screenplays and libretti for three operas.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Award to Author: Martin McDonagh
Award to Producer: Atlantic Theater Company, Randall L. Wreghitt, Chase Mishkin, Steven M. Levy, Leonard Soloway, Julian Schlossberg, Norma Langworthy, The Druid Theatre Company/Royal Court Theatre. Mr. McDonagh made his professional playwriting debut in Galway in 1996 with The Beauty Queen of Leenane. He won London's Evening Standard Award for Most Promising New Playwright when four of his plays were staged in London in the same season. Among his plays are The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Cripple of Inishmaan.