PHOTO CALL: 2008 Drama Desk Awards

News   PHOTO CALL: 2008 Drama Desk Awards The 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards were presented May 18 in the F.H. LaGuardia Concert Hall at Lincoln Center.
August: Osage County playwright Tracy Letts
August: Osage County playwright Tracy Letts Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The big winners of the evening were Tracy Letts' August: Osage County and Stew and Heidi Rodewald's Passing Strange which were named, respectively, Outstanding Play and Outstanding Musical. The revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific took home the most awards of any show, winning a total of five. August: Osage County, Passing Strange and the revival of Gypsy all won three Drama Desk Awards a piece.

Top acting honors went to Boeing-Boeing's Mark Rylance (Outstanding Actor in a Play), August: Osage County's Deanna Dunagan (Outstanding Actress in a Play), South Pacific's Paulo Szot (Outstanding Actor in a Musical) and Gypsy's Patti LuPone (Outstanding Actress in a Musical).

Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne won the award for Outstanding Solo Performance for his work in Thurgood.

The awards ceremony was hosted by the Broadway-bound cast of [title of show].

Click here for a full list of winners and nominees.

Below are photos of those in attendance at the ceremony and pre-show VIP reception:

Mark Rylance
Heidi Rodewald
Rondi Reed
Priscilla Lopez and daughter Gabriella
Team of [title of show]
Cast of The Dining Room
Laura Benanti, Patti LuPone and Boyd Gaines

All photos by Aubrey Reuben