Recipient of William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award Named

News   Recipient of William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award Named
 
Playwright Donald Margulies, represented on Broadway earlier this season with The Country House, will be honored with the William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theater Award in 2015.

Margulies will be honored at the 34th Annual William Inge Theatre Festival in Independence, KS, at Independence Community College April 19, 2015. (The Inge Festival is the Official Theatre Festival of the State of Kansas.)

In a statement Margulies said, “I am delighted to receive this career-affirming honor and humbled to find myself in such distinguished company.”

“Donald Margulies has delivered a consistently excellent body of work with humor and punch, in one of the most distinctive voices of the American theater,” stated Karen Carpenter, interim artistic director of the Inge Center. “Margulies’ ability to excavate both comedy and pathos, in writing about the struggle to belong, to sustain relationships, to find one’s purpose in life, has made a lasting impact and shown us that the heartbreak life gives us can be transforming.”

Previous recipients include Arthur Miller, Stephen Sondheim, Edward Albee, Wendy Wasserstein, David Henry Hwang, Tina Howe, August Wilson and Neil Simon.

Margulies won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2000 for Dinner with Friends. His Broadway credits also include What's Wrong with This Picture?, Sight Unseen, Brooklyn Boy, Time Stands Still and Collected Stories. The film of his screenplay, "The End of the Tour," will premiere at Sundance Film Festival in 2015.  A reading of The Country House will be presented April 17 at 7:30 PM in the William Inge Theater. While at the Inge Festival, Margulies will also present a master class in playwriting.

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